years we lived in a very old house. And as old houses
tend to do, things creaked with age and worked loose
in places here and there.
youngest son, at the time less than sixteen months old,
would see a loose nail in a doorframe or baseboard and
go fetch the hammer. He wielded the hammer like a pro,
with his hand well back on the handle, and in no time
the nail would be snug.
one of these times, his father asked him where he learned
to do that. My son's reply: "I knew how to do that
from before." Before when? When he was asked, my
son replied matter-of-factly, "from before I was
does a less than sixteen-month-old child even formulate
the thoughts to relay such a statement, unless it was
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Posted July 3, 2007