Frances’s many out-of-the-blue questions often reflect her need to verify rules. Recently, she asked: “Never put seaweed on extremely dry hands, otherwise the natural dyes in the seaweed will turn them green, right?” They don’t always make sense to us, but they always make us think.


In the year-long period following her almost overnight, incredibly rapid speech development, Frances was given to inventing words and phrases that served whatever purpose she might require at the moment. She definitely caused a lot of stifled laughter. For example, at the new age of three, when her older sister was sick one time, FrancesContinue reading “Wordsmith “