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, Frances held her own ear and claimed that she had “polka-dot earness”. My journal from that day reads:

“May 10, 2010


Acute condition of unknown etiology. Characterized by tears and sudden need for attention, relapses and remits in direct relationship to presence/absence of older sibling receiving attention. Refractory to treatment that does not include the application of ice.”

We haven’t let her forget that one unbearable ailment. 😉


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