Since our child has been out of work for 19 months we’re trying to beef up her resume with new skill sets.  We’ve been pushing the ABCs and 123s.  There has been lots of reading and counting, animal and vehicle identification, and working with Microsoft Office.  She is a talkative little girl — complete with charming phrases like “go away!” — and it’s been fun and fascinating to watch her learn things.

Favorite things she’s been taught by her dad: to reply in a “metal” voice when he uses his metal voice (a lot of metal music is played at our house); and to say “hi-ya” and kick when the narrator says “I learned to kick from my friend the gorilla” in the book “My Friends.” From me she has learned to yell at the pets.  It really does take a village to raise a child.

She will probably be upset when she learns that gorillas might not kick.  Also, she appears to not like Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz from Dr. Seuss’s ABCs.  I understand and respect this.