For the past several weeks, I've been working with Elizabeth on her numbers.
Seeing as she is so artistic, I've taken the advice of those kind people who offered it, and have worked with her on painting, coloring, tracing out of rice and molding out of Play Doh the numbers 0 through 12. She has been doing great and is easily recognizing 7, 8 and 9.
We've also been playing a lot of cards and she is turning in to a whiz at Go Fish.
My husband knows that Elizabeth has been struggling with her numbers and he knows that I've stepped up my efforts to help her. But what he doesn't realize - because he doesn't read my blog - is that I wrote about the challenges that she was having.
So the other day, when I was at work, he called to tell me that my mother had sent Elizabeth a very strange card. He sounded confused when he told me that she just put her nickname and the number SEVEN as a return address.
He went on to tell me that she had sent an old Christmas card and wrote, "There are seven people walking in to the church. Why would she send a Christmas card in APRIL?" my husband wanted to know.
"And why would she write all this stuff about the number of letters in Elizabeth's name 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and the number of letters in her name and how she has seven children and her birthday is on the seventh day of the seventh month? It's kind of crazy, Jen..."
"Well, if you read my blog you'd know that I wrote about this and my mother sent the card because she knows that Elizabeth is struggling with her numbers, particularly the number 7. She's just trying to help her think about numbers in a different way. Besides, it's totally like Mom to send a Christmas card in April. She stocks up on all the holidays and uses them throughout the year. Remember your birthday card last year was from Halloween. To me, it's endearing and very resourceful."
Charlie sounded relieved when he said, "Oh. Well I guess that makes sense."
Then he dropped his voice and whispered, "I was afraid she'd been drinking."