Friday, September 28, 2007

Mother Tongue (2 & 3)

Mothers, I have heard, are the preservers of good grammar. My hobby is correcting my son's habit of with making himself an object and putting himself first: "Me and Caleb are going to play computer games." Argh! I wonder if I'm raising him wrong, making him feel like an object and making him feel underappreciated to the point he has to validate himself with lingual self-focus.

I think back on what my mother called me on. It was only one thing: the use of the word yeah for yes. I believe she felt it was sloppy talk. What did that say about what she valued, and what I lacked? Perhaps definitiveness and energy. . . Ah, which I lack right now.


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