A few days ago, Aurora mentioned to Brian that she was interested in learning “times”. With her interest in and knack for addition and subtraction, as well as her enjoyment of the peas game (she tries to eat them all before I can count them by threes, fours or fives) we both assumed she meant that she wanted to learn multiplication. And yes, she is slightly interested in multiplication, but not much farther than 2 x 2.
Eventually it became clear that what she really wanted was to learn to read Time. Ah! Okay, we’ve been meaning to get her a clock for a while, so we headed down to London Drugs and let her pick out a cute magenta digital clock radio that is iPod-compatible. When Aurora and I hooked it all up, and plugged in the iPod, she was thrilled. After a few random songs, she made a request for a particular one. Then again. And again. My heart filled with a warm glow of pride as she learned how to use the clock’s buttons to play “I Want to Tell You”, on the Beatles’ superb album Revolver, a total of five times in one afternoon.
When Daddy came in to see how things were going, Aurora shouted, “Daddy! We plugged in my new radio! And it plays songs from the iPod!! And it even has a clock on it, too!!!”