Day 7 of the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: grammar.
I love grammar. I could happily diagram sentences for hours. I love the rules, the order, the patterns. The exceptions, the similarities between English and other languages.
So imagine my elation at the grocery store the other night when my five-year-old kid said to me, “Mommy, I know what a verb is. It’s an action word.”
A big chunk of me wanted to explain about linking verbs, but instead I swallowed that down and said, “That’s right! Where did you learn that?”
“Martha Speaks.” Of course. He idolizes that show.
Tonight, when he was finishing his bath, he again brought up verbs. Then he said the words every mother longs to hear:
“Mommy, what are other parts of speech?”
Gleefully I told him about adverbs (“Inverbs,” he calls them). Adjectives. Nouns. Interjections. Conjunctions.
If he keeps this up, he’ll know all about gerunds by the time he’s in kindergarten.
As a grammar geek, I couldn’t be prouder.