Today as Ricki was waiting for her ride to school, she started walking back towards the house. Afraid that she would miss her car, I asked what she wanted. I heard her answer “a drink”. I exasperatedly asked her what in the world was wrong, as she HAD a two-liter bottle. After several repetitions, I realized that she was saying that she wanted an UMBRELLA. (The words “drink” and “umbrella” rhyme in Hebrew.)
“But Ricki, its SUMMER, and you don’t NEED an umbrella.”
“Oh…”, and she returned to the corner.
Sometimes we think we are hearing others, and know what they want. It isn’t always so…..