Monday, January 26, 2015
32 million words.
The PONs are at the front door waiting with ill disguised impatience to get their day started. It's brighter and warmer this morning but we still make a detour to see the old horse and give him some carrots. I must ask the mayor why the old thing has been put out to grass . From the way he wanders over for a chat and a stroke he's clearly been brought up around humans.... and dogs.... and misses their company.
The angelic duo find a stick in the orchard. The noises and gyrations that accompany this discovery make it clear that this is not just any stick.
Finally, it's time to settle down. Bob follows Angus into the office ( a no noise zone ) to talk to serious men in dark suits. Sophie heads off to the kitchen where she lets the whole world know her delight in discovering there will be roast chicken for dinner.The difference in characters continues to amaze.
The current edition of the Economist has an article about the American educational system . This sentence leaps off the page 'Children of professionals hear 32 million more words by the age of four than those of parents on welfare '.