The conversation went like this:
"E, would you like lasagna for dinner?"
"No! I want macaroni and cheese!"
"Have you ever had lasagna?"
"I want macaroni and cheese! Macaroni and cheese!"
Five minutes later...
"So, E, we're out of macaroni noodles. What if we made it with spiral noodles?"
"Yeah! Spiral noodles!"
"Or, hey, we could make macaroni and cheese with long flat noodles. Does that sound good?"
"Yeah! Macaroni and cheese! Noodles!"
"What if we mixed some tomatoes in?"
"And maybe some hamburger?"
One of the most magnificent gifts a parent can give their child is a rich and deep vocabulary. It is with words that each of us begins to grasp and manipulate the world in ways more meaningful than simply meeting the biological necessities of life.
The right word allows us to put our hand behind the interminable backdrop of reality and bring forth an object or idea or system and inquire of it. Vocabulary broadens the breadth of inquiry and deepens the depth of investigation. It is a fitness of the mind.