2012-03-28 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

The Chatter Box
By Deborah Bennett

I never knew the word “why” could be a noun, verb, adverb, adjective and pronoun until recently. My granddaughter, Jaylee, 3, has a very extensive vocabulary for a 3-year-old, but “why” seems to begin or end every sentence she says lately!

Exasperated one day recently, I told her, “I am so tired of hearing you say ‘why’!” Of course, she responded, “Why?” to which I responded, “Jaylee, why is your shirt red? Why are your shoes white? Why are we riding in the car? Why is that truck ahead of us? Why are you smiling? Why do you take a bath? Why does Tank eat dog food?”

She thought a minute, then grinned and said, “Why are you being so silly? Why are you asking me all of those questions? Why are you laughing? Why don’t you like ‘why’?”

In a similar way, my grandson, Ty, 3, ends or begins all of his sentences with “Nana.” It is as though he wants to make sure I am listening to him, so he adds my name to everything he says..

“Nana, I want to go outside. I want to play in the dirt, Nana. Nana, I don’t want to take a nap. Pa, is outside, Nana. Can I go outside with Pa, Nana? Nana, I want something to drink.”

I told him recently I was going to change my name. He just looked at me and asked, “Why?”

I give up! Hopefully, Ty’s little sister, Avari, 16 months, won’t include the word “why” in her vocabulary for awhile yet.


Happy birthday this week to: Marcus Richardson, Charlie Burch, Mildred Wiggins, Leslie Rowland, Judy Kent, James Bowden, Teresa Hernandez, Donna Boynton, Erica Williams, Tramaine Wilson, James Poole, Wayne Bennett, Lance Garvin, Ty Bennett, Lynne Hodges, Laura Gayle Dailey and James Williams.


Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cheney.


Military Active Duty List: PFC Steven Holley, U.S. Army, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; PV2 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 447th Charlie Company, South Korea; SSGT Jeremy Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; E-5 SSgt Roy T. Davis Jr., U.S. Air Force, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Spc. Jeremy Allen Johnson, U.S. Army, 59th Quartermaster, Afghanistan; Akeam Williams Sr., U.S. Army, Afghanistan; 1LT Justin Grey McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; Lt. Col. James E. Davis, U.S. Air Force, Department Of Defense Inspector General’s Office, Pentagon; Sgt. Darcelyn M. Kimbro, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon, Augusta, ; Specialist Jeremy Johnson, U.S. Army, 59th Quartermaster Company, Ft. Carson, Colorado; Cpl. Adam T. Lanier, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Bt. 6th Marine Regiment, Weapons Co., Scout Sniper Platoon, Afghanistan; Cpl. Patrick Barnette, U.S. Marines, 29 Palms, California; Sgt. Adam Demshar, 44th Signal Battalion, Baghdad, Iraq; Cpl. Lee Ogden, U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA; E5 Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric B. Kelsey, U.S. Navy, NSA Naples, Italy; Senior Airman Charles F. Woods, Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA; Staff Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; SPC 4 Travis D. Motes, 1st Calvary Division, T. Hood, Texas; Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 733d Air Mobility Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa Japan; Staff Sgt. Gilbert C. Sheppard III, 48th Brigade, 118th Field Artillery, Iraq; Chief Petty Officer Andy D. Crosby, U.S. Navy, Elroy Destroyer, Norfolk, Va.; Stephanie Crosby, R.N., U.S. Navy, Lafayette Destroyer; Jimmy Cooper, U.S. Army National Guard, 878th Engineering Battalion Augusta, Persian Gulf ; 1st Lt. J.R. Taylor, 25th Infantry Division, Schafield Barracks, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii; SPC. Daniel Stuart, 18th MEDCOM, 121 General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Jeffrey Sweat, U.S. Navy, USS Kauffman, MM3 59/E-Division, A-Gang, Norfolk, Va.; Cpl. Larry Lamont Clark, U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Baghdad, Iraq; Khan Young, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, Persian Gulf; Robert Milton Jr., E-3, U.S. Army, Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Ga., Mission Kuwait; Arnold R. Mosley, 2nd Lt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Debra A. Mosley, Tech. Sgt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Staff Sgt. Charles “C.J.” Amerson, U.S. Army, Afghanistan.

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