Did I mention that I'm exhausted?
Brain is on the verge of going 'splodey. I just finished helping a co-worker with her Spanish homework, basically just going over her compositions and trying to turn it into real Spanish instead of Babelfish. Y'know, kinda like what Eric does with Asmodee, only English -> Spanish instead of French -> English. Man, but I'm getting rusty. Speaking of French, I think that I'm going to see if I can find the French for Dummies book Eric picked up last year and take a stab at that goal I've had for a few years now (that of being a polyglot when I grow up).
Work is...well, work is. My inboxes had exploded a bit while I was gone, but nothing too serious. I'm still a bit behind on one of them, but it's nothing like when I first started with it, so I'm not really all that concerned. I'm going to be covering one of my co-workers spreadsheets while she's gone next week, which is only fair, since she's covered one of my inboxes twice now. Share and share alike, and all that jazz.
Eric's mom brought something up that made me think. She and Eric's dad are planning to adopt three small children (7, 5(about to be 6, I think?), and 2 years old), and she was talking about how the oldest one was doing a worksheet for Sunday school in which she wrote her name (which has a 'y' at the end) just fine. Later in the worksheet, however, she wrote "I love you" and had the 'y' backward. "How can she write it just fine on her name, and then flip it later on? It's the same letter!" His mom was quite distressed by this. It made me realize that, for most kids, the world does not begin with a complete submersion in the wonderful world of letters. There are some kids who don't learn that lines and curves symbolize the world around them until they enter kindergarten or preschool. It's not necessarily an innate idea, that these lines will mean the things they can feel and see, or even the things they can't feel or see but they know are there. So, they enter school, and what's the first thing they learn? Usually, it's that a certain pattern of symbols is supposed to mean them - they learn what their name looks like when it's written out. Before the alphabet, before the number, kids have their names written on their cubbies, on a chalkboard, SOMEWHERE. It's an intro into the world of letters, and the first thing a person learns sticks. So, a certain pattern means a name - but the bits of that pattern aren't going to mean much by themselves, at least, not right away. So, in this case, the girl recognized the pattern for her name, but didn't necessarily see that the 'y' in 'you' and in her name are the same symbol.
...Aaaaaand lunch is over, so I must return to work. There. You've now had your regularly irregular dose of Stephie randomness.