If you have kids, one thing you will get from time to time is the question, "Mom, How do you spell...?" And for a while those questions are easy. Words that are not spelled as they sound are common questions. As time goes on the spelling becomes more difficult. One day you find yourself saying, "I'm not sure. Let's look it up." If you are a really bad speller from the beginning, like me, this may come sooner for you than for others. Thank goodness for spell check!
This week Emma came to me with just such a question. "Mom," she said, "How do you spell Aposta?" Well, my immediate response was, "What?" After I considered this I said, "Could you say it again?" And "Could you use it in a sentence?" because for the life of me I could not figure out what she was asking.
The boys just happened to be hanging around, looking for trouble, or food. Mark replied, "A posta isn't that what you hang on the wall." Jack chimed in "Yea, Its gansta for poster! Spelled 'a-p-o-s-t-a' You know, 'Yo, dawg. I got this new aposta'" A few giggles, and laughs and one irate 5th grader later. I shooed them out of the kitchen.
It wasn't until she said, "You know. Like, I was aposta unload the dishwasher but I got distracted." OH. "Do you mean 'Supposed To'?" I inquired. She thought for a minuted and said, "say it again." So I did, to which she replied, "Yes, I think that is right." So I spelled it. I could here her mumbling the word to herself all afternoon. She came back and asked at least twice more how it was pronounced. Finally that night as we were getting ready for bed she said, "It's your fault I cannot pronounce words correctly! If you wouldn't have made me move all over the USA. I might be able to talk correctly."
My fault of course.