Riley is spending the week with my parents, and I call every day to talk to her. I called this morning and my dad told me something she said that nearly broke his and my heart.
Riley: “Pawpaw, why do have to wear implants? Why can’t I talk?”
After a choked-up pause, Daddy told her, “You can talk as good as anybody else. You sound just fine.”
He said it broke him up to hear her say that and wondered if someone had told her she couldn’t talk right.
It’s possible, but I certainly hope not.
When she gets in a big hurry, we tell her to slow down and use her words, but we never tell her she can’t talk correctly. We just tell her to use her words so everyone can understand her.
I hope that hasn’t prompted her questions. Looks like it’s time for more positive reinforcement.
By the way, she’s sounded awesome on the phone this week, appropriately answering all my questions about Vacation Bible School, doing math with Pawpaw and having fun.