It's also amazing how closely Annika listens to us, even when we don't think she's listening, and how much she understands. Joerg has been working on the healthcare committee to find a new insurance company to replace the one we're losing due to contract disputes. It's been a rushed and unpleasant process. So Joerg had come home, but needed to call his boss to discuss the latest proposal. In the course of his conversation he said something like, "Well, except we wouldn't be able to show our faces on campus again!" Anni looked at me and in pure joy danced and sang a little made-up song: "Yay! Hooray! Daddy's not going on campus anymore!"
Annika seems to be developing into a little right-brainer. Although she loves listening to stories, she shows no real interest in the written words themselves. Learning to recognize the letters of the alphabet hasn't really been a priority for her, but she's recognized her numbers for at least a year and a half. She's become quite the little puzzle afficionado, and will do all sorts of spatial reasoning puzzles, but heaven forbid we try to do a rhyming game. Tonight I asked her, "Does 'dance' rhyme with 'cat'?" She smiled her most mischievous smile, and twirled around (she still does a lot of twirling), "Oh, yes, YES, YES!!!" As her eyes searched the room for Hepburn, I could see her scheme to dance with the cat was unfurling gloriously in her little brain. I spotted Hepburn slinking down the basement stairs. The cat does know when to leave a room.