Most days, one can find Ella at the kitchen table, drawing and coloring for hours on end. Lately, she has been calling out to me, asking how words are spelled. Last Sunday was no different:
"Mommy, how do you spell, 'Santa Claus?'"
I told her. A few minutes later, Ella asked, "Mommy, how do you spell, 'microphone?'"
I told her.
"What are you doing over there? I asked.
"Oh, I 'm making my list for Santa. How do you spell 'Barbie and the Diamond Castle Doll?'"
I told her. A few minutes after that, Ella asked, "Mommy, how do you spell, 'my own couch and tv in my room?'"
While I didn't spell that, "N-E-V-E-R," I did tell her that she would not be getting a couch and television in her bedroom.
"But Mommy, I have plenty of room, and it would be so nice to have a couch in my room. And a tv. So that I could watch whatever I want, when I want."