Our youngest daughter only watches one TV show. (She doesn’t even watch it on TV. She watches it on Hulu on a computer, and only a couple of times a month. But she ASKS to watch it every day.)
The show is called Martha Speaks. For those not familiar with it, it’s a cartoon about a talking dog, and it was designed to address the vocabulary deficit among young children. I certainly don’t think Remi has a vocabulary deficit, but if she’s going to sit and watch anything for 30 minutes I would prefer she actually learn something, so we chose Martha Speaks.
And she loves it.
She also loves to sing the theme song…but one vocabulary word they have NOT taught on the show is “average,” so she continues to sing, “Martha was an alfidge dog…”
The storyline goes like this: Martha, who started out an alfidge (average) dog, loves to eat alphabet soup. One day, the letters from the soup accidentally went the wrong way. Instead of ending up in her stomach, they all went up to her brain, and now she can talk just like a human. (Only she uses bigger words than many humans do. At least in our society.)
So why am I telling you all this? Because I want you to know why Remi was so excited when she walked into the kitchen where I was about to prepare lunch and saw these sitting out on the counter:
She started jumping up and down and screaming, “Are we getting a new dog?!”
I assured her that we were not, and for just a second she seemed disappointed. Then, her eyes lit up again as she asked, “Are those for Freckles?” (Freckles is our dog. And no. The soup was for us.)