Monkey See, Monkey Do

by Esther Emery


Because my son is in a learning phase, and because I have my overachiever pants on, I will take almost any opportunity to help him develop his vocabulary. Walking to the car from our apartment door, I stopped to point out the flowers. “Pink flowers,” I said. He repeated it back to me.  Since I am late in my pregnancy and was carrying something, I clarified with my foot. “Pink flowers.” 

Is it my fault that my son now can’t walk from the door to the car without kicking the flower bed?