Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walk with Me Wednesday - Snapshots..

Edited to add a "Cary snapshot" towards the bottom.

Oh, another Walk down Memory Lane with Lynnette! Yay! As usual, I"m late getting to it.. Better late than never, right?

Today, I've been thinking about snapshots. Not necessarily photo snapshots, but memory snapshots. Those "moments" literally, minutes in a day, that we think we'll capture in our memories for always. Of course, on our own, our feeble minds can't remember.. Heck, I'm lucky I can remember what I ate for breakfast! So, today I'm just going to share some random "snapshot moments."

All, yes all four, of our children have/or are currently, receiving speech therapy. Sean's been at the longest, starting when he was 2 and still getting some at school. Cary got a few years between age 1 and when he "graduated" late last year. Kayleigh got about six months of speech before Seth was born and has recently started up again at the school. Seth saw speech language pathologist (SLP) for oral issues, mostly feeding due to the g-tube.

I was recently reminded of a speech therapy session when Sean was about Kayleigh's age. He was working on the /k/ (hard k as in kitten or cake or carrot) sound. The SLP put a card in front of Sean and he said the word. They were flying through the list.. "Carrot" "cat" etc. A picture similar to this appeared on a card:

And Sean very earnestly stammered out:
"cu.. cu.. cu-MUFFIN" Years later, I'm still laughing about it!

I almost re-lived that moment today! Kayleigh has this tendency to drop her first vowels. She's currently working on s blends, st, sn, sk, etc. at the beginning of a word. The SLP reminds her to "let the air out of your tire" as Kayleigh says "sssssssssssss" at the beginning of a word. "Ssssssssnow" "Sssssssssssssski" etc. So today they're using cards. And Kayleigh's truckin' along and the image below appears on the card:

And Kayleigh stammers out:
"Sssssssssssssssssss Pee Yew!" (It sounded like "spew").

Cary "graduated" from speech therapy last fall. Our wonderful SLP saw him about once a month through November due to the "instability" in our home at the time. I was grateful. I couldn't think of a specific speech therapy to share but Cary offered up a similar example for me this evening! We were going to his 1st grade "musical" performance. I was asking him where he was standing on stage so I could sit in the right area etc. Cary says, "Oh, mom, I'm not going to be singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Uh, okay? "I"m going to be paying the glockensmock."

The WHAT? Oh, GlockenSPIEL. Of course! And you do "smock" (smack) it..

Sometimes I forget that our kids don't always perceive the world the way we do. I'm glad. What joy those "mis-perceptions" bring to my life!!


Sally-Ann said...

Your post made me smile. My daughter went to speech therapy for a while and we had similar moments!

Lucy said...

What sweet memories!!

(I've emailed you about the label thingy!)

Lauren said...

That's a great story--I feel like I might be able to use it in a sermon illustration!

Linda said...

Kids are such fun. They bring smiles to our hearts everyday.
Thanks for sharing!


Kristin said...

Awww! That is so cute! I love looking at the world through the eyes of a child too.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

That is so cute! Both of them.

Kathryn said...

Those are fun memories.

I think it is interesting that we both share the name "Kathryn" & the daughter we hoped for was "Kaylee." Our Kaylee would have been 3 this month.

Fun meeting you thru Lynnette.

September said...


Enjoyed your Wednesdays Walk. I am little late reading some of them. Your family is beautiful... I am going to read some more of your posts after I get the little ones down for naps. Thank you for visiting yesterday. I will hope to follow your blogs. I am so sorry about your baby Seth. You can comfort so many. Keep writing!

Emily said...

Love this!

Lynnette Kraft said...

Oh, that's too cute! What would we do without children in our life to make us smile. I absolutely loved that. :)

KatScarlett said...

Your kids are so clever and cute. What sweet moments to remember with them. I loved the description of a snapshot of memory... it's so true.

Sending my love as always.

Kate said...

I am glad I am not the only who uses memory snapshots! What cute stories!