“Klara, we are going to the petting zoo. There will be a real camel there. Do you like camels?”

“Actually, I have never seen a real camel, Mommy, so I don’t know. But I would like to see one. I think we should go to the petting zoo. Definitely.”

I find it hilarious that she knows how to use Present Perfect. And “should.”

The downside of this is that at the end of the day I’m completely hoarse and my vocal cords are raw. I’m a teacher! I’ve done workshops on how to protect the vocal cords when you speak a lot! And it’s not enough. I speak all the time! I have to narrate everything that happens to us during the day in the form of a “once upon a time” story several times in a row.

The camel was great, by the way. There was also a llama and something called a zebu.


5 thoughts on “Talking”

  1. The zoo allows toddlers to get close enough to big, potentially dangerous animals like camels to pet them?? The zoo’s liability insurance policy must cost a fortune!

    Any pictures?


    1. She actually fed the camel! And she wasn’t scared at all. But she was absolutely terrified of Santa. I’ve got no explanation. How is Santa more scary than a camel??

      There were too many people for pictures, unfortunately. Plus, I was actually scared of the camel.


    2. If it’s a zoo, the animals are probably considered ambassador animals—used for education purposes. They’ll have been specially trained and socialized and are closely watched by experienced handlers and often cameras. Typically they’re also in some sort of enclosure, so children can’t get to their legs or pull tails or anything. In particular, camels, llamas, and zebus have been domesticated as livestock, so it’s really no different than having cows or horses in a petting zoo. Just more exotic.


  2. I find it hilarious that she knows how to use Present Perfect. And “should.”

    In my experience, toddlers learn the languages they hear, as they hear it. It seems sad to me that most people speak a simplified language to toddlers, which hampers their language mastery process.


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