Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 4 - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Bonnie has been sharing her love of Mary Poppins with Rohanna lately. As a result Rohanna can sing lengthy excerpts from the songs as well as explain what happens in most scenes with supreme excitement and exaggerated British pronunciation. Jonathan and I joke that we've never actually seen the movie on-screen, but after just 30 minutes in a taxi or bus with Rohanna and Bonnie, we already feel as though we have.

As a 2 year-old, Rohanna has been testing her reaction to not getting her way and occasionally bursts into tears when she can't have the little things she wants. Although patiently trying to explain to her that sometimes things aren't worth an outburst and that we must think carefully about why we are upset seems to work quite often, sometimes there's just no way to reason with her. Bonnie and Rohanna recently made a deal that whenever Rohanna is upset unjustifiably, Bonnie will say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to remind Rohanna there is not real reason to be crying. Bonnie tested out the strategy this morning when Rohanna cried because we wouldn't let her run the water hose outside her kiddie pool, wasting water on the ground. Bonnie had to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious about 10 times, but it actually worked quite well to calm her down and stop the tears. About 10 minutes later, on the way to the children's library, Bonnnie asked Rohanna if this strategy of saying Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious worked well and Rohanna replied with confidence, "Yes Abba!" Bonnie then asked her to explain why and Rohanna told us that, "... the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious makes me so happy!"

At the library Rohanna gave me a complete tour, showed me many books that she knows by heart, creatively made up titles to the unknown ones and used her very own library card to take out 3 new books. Then we went to Yofruto for frozen yogurt before meeting Momma and having a yummy Korean lunch. After Rohanna's afternoon nap at Abba's house, she woke up and wanted to show me Mary Poppins and so we turned it on in the background. She is particularly fond of the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song. Indupedibly.

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