Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank goodness for younger people

It seems about 50% of friends my age have problematic shoulders...including Dennis and I. 
No one ever told me this would/could happen as we got older. 
But I have heard from my Dad, "Aging is not for sissies."  

So sometimes we need help from our grandchildren. 
Not only has Austin been helping us on most Saturdays.....




But yesterday Elora helped me shop.

She lifted every single one of these items 
and pushed that cart all over Costco
Did I mention she is only 9?
She organized it all herself.
How do you like where she put the paper towels?
Once Elora makes a decision, that's just the way it is.

But don't feel sorry for her, she is one happy girl!

 I whispered to her as she was loading everything onto the counter,
"Let's just see if that man can get these things back in the cart as well as you did!"
(answer:  NO, he couldn't)

 Red Robin seemed like an appropriate reward.
I never mentioned a word about her homework, but she brought it from her backpack into the restaurant.

 Math was complete, then she brought out the vocab.
She was suppose to find a word that has 'phono' in it. 
The example given: phonograph. 
Huh?? Phonograph is the only word I know with phono in it, 
so how dare they use that one as the example!
Elora did not hesitate to consult not one, but 2 waitresses.....
 The 2nd waitress came up with "phonogram". 
Elora was very pleased but I was not sure if that was even a word...but we had nothing else.

So she wrote it down and gave the waitress credit.

Well what do you know! It is a word:

"pho·no·gram

a unit symbol of a phonetic writing system, standing for a speech sound, syllable, or other sequence of speech sounds without reference to meaning."

 Seriously, if anyone can think of a word with 'phono' in it, 
besides phonograph and phonogram, please do tell. 

My hard working granddaughter needed to go home 
and get ready for bed before I had time to show her this: 

Grab a child and go check it out yourself.

14 comments:

pebble said...

I laughed at your smart waitress, I couldn't think of another word either
! Then I remembered Google, turns out there is 50 words....who knew?
cacophonous
cacophonously
homophonous
phono
phonocardiogram
phonocardiograms
phonocardiograph
phonocardiographic
phonocardiographies
phonocardiographs
phonocardiography
phonogram
phonogramic
phonogramically
phonogrammic
phonogrammically
phonograms
phonograph
phonographer
phonographers
phonographic
phonographically
phonographies
phonographs
phonography
phonolite
phonolites
phonologic
phonological
phonologically
phonologies
phonologist
phonologists
phonology
phonon
phonons
phonos
phonotactic
phonotactics
polyphonous
polyphonously
siphonophore
siphonophores
siphonostele
siphonosteles
taphonomic
taphonomies
taphonomist
taphonomists
taphonomy

Loved your post, FuN, cute little shopper you have.
Smiles, Melinda

Karen Mortensen said...

That Elora is something else.
I went to that site. It was fun.
Good luck with the words.

Logan and Amy said...

phonocardiogram
phonocardiograms
phonocardiograph
phonocardiographic
phonocardiographies
phonocardiographs
phonocardiography
phonogram
phonogramic
phonogramically
phonogrammic
phonogrammically
phonograms
phonograph
phonographer
phonographers
phonographic
phonographically
phonographies
phonographs
phonography
phonolite
phonolites
phonologic
phonological
phonologically
phonologies
phonologist
phonologists
phonology
phonon
phonons
phonos
phonotactic
phonotactics

Grandma Honey said...

Melinda~ Wow. Thank you.
But really, what 4th grader would know those words? I have never heard of most of them! Uh, actually I don't think I've heard of any of them.

Grandma Honey said...

Logan~ Your list is similar but not the same. Interesting.Still don't recognize any of those words...do YOU?

Tyler said...

Hahaha! What kind of homework is that?? That teacher for sure laughed her head off when the kids walked out the door with their homework. That's like saying, "Okay kids, go home and list all the words beginning and ending with phragm." Uh...diaphragm? Seriously, your options are pretty limited.

C Dawn's bucket said...

The school my boys attend actually teaches reading and spelling using phonograms beginning in Kindergarten.

but I agree...phono is an odd choice to have students come up with.....

I did a bit of my own research and thought it was interesting that phono is derived from the Greek meaning "sound" interesting.

Hope you are doing well.

Cynthia

Sue said...

You know how I feel about Elora. She is just something special!

=)

Becky Jane said...

looks like Pebble and Logan and Amy solved the mystery! I grabbed my son adn we did the stick figure app...it was funny! Thanks!

Ammy said...

I love hearing about your adventures with Elora! She is such a cutie and I only know her from your blog! My girls are addicted to stickman.com THEY LOVE IT! And I to do, it'll keep them occupied for at least 1/2 hour if not longer ;)

Darlene said...

I would love to have an Elora. She is just an amazing girl and I think you are so blessed to have her. I am sure you would agree with this sentiment. I also wouldn't mind having an Austin. He seems to be so willing to help in the yard. Unfortunately non of my grandchildren live near enough to us to be any physical help. If they did, I'm sure they would be willing. You are just blessed in many ways.

Karen Mortensen said...

PS Why were you buying diapers? Is there something you aren't tell us?

Lisa said...

I guess you should be careful what you ask for...you may end up with a huge book with those lists! Pebble's cracked me up when I saw that list! LOL Then the next list...LOL

I'm glad to see an Elora post! She is such a CHAMP & I LOVE HER SPIRIT so much! Your grandson is a GEM too!

Connie said...

The only phono word that came to my mind was phonological.

I just did the stick man twice! Yeah, I must not have anything to do! Ha!