Saturday, February 10, 2007

Madison's List

Got home from work late last night to find Gwen waiting with a plate of two-hour-old dinner and some great news - a relatively wide-open and uncommitted weekend. Only command performance was a Saturday morning birthday party for one of Madison's classmates and Gwen was going to take her, Ava and I planned to use the time to go food shopping.

As soon as the Peet's was done brewing this morning, Gwen ran out to catch an early spin class, the girls and I had eggs and toast for breakfast and watched "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" We were playing with Play-Doh when the wife got back from class, only about a half hour to work with before she and Madison had to leave for the party. Running upstairs for a quick rinse off, Gwen asked Madison if she wanted to help keep things moving by writing out our grocery list - she'd verbally tick off the items while she was in the shower and Madison would practice s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out the words and writing them down, without being told which letters to use.

Turned out to be a great little exercise, the list she produced appears below. Believe it or not, with a little help from our 5-year-old stenographer on her way out the door, I actually was able to decipher it.

Here's a quick translation for the group, moving down from the upper right-hand corner of the list:

Dried Strawberries
Cream Cheese
Salmon or Tuna
Thin Sliced Chicken
Whole Chicken
Onions / Asparagas
Locatelli / Pineapple
Oranges / Celery


Blogger Sugee Andersyn said...

LOL That's the greatest ever! My favorite is "APALLZ". Reminds me of when I was 6 and wrote a story, (3 lines), and was sophisticated enough to use (but not spell correctly) 'aspashally'. Especially!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

What a great list! I am an elementary teacher...very impressed w/Madison's list. Even more impressed that you, her parents, didn't interject (i.e. correct her spelling)! That's something that's hard to do! KUDOS to the pair of you!

9:51 AM  

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