by a very determined and focused individual. By an impassioned and articulate orator. By someone who often struggles to be heard, but never gives up the fight:
Tonight as I was cooking dinner, Wallie was at the fridge playing with her Fridge Phonics letters. (The toy is genius.)
Suddenly I hear, "B-B-B...B-B-B..."
Then, "A-A-A...B-AAA, B-AAA..."
Then I hear her say, "Mama? How do you spell "BAT"?
I walk over to the fridge and see that she has placed the B and the A next to each other.
"You need the /t/," I say, pronouncing the letter but not saying its name. "What letter makes that sound?"
"I need the 'Tapping T!'" squeals Wallie, and a few seconds later...