I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about Bud's "theory of mind" and looking for examples of his ability to use it. If Bud is going to learn to communicate - I mean real interpersonal communication, not just human interaction - then he needs to learn not only how to comprehend the words that are being spoken, but also how to interpret the intentions and motivations behind them. I try to provide a lot of opportunities for him to hone his skills.
The other day, Bud was playing with a basketball and he held it up to me. "Mama, what's this?" (Readers familiar with this blog will know that giving this kind of "pop quiz" is one of Bud's favorite pasttimes.)
I considered the basketball. "That's a monkey," I said.
"No, it's not a monkey," said Bud.
"Oh, right. It's not a monkey. It's an elephant."
"No, it's not a ..." Bud stopped himself in midsentence. Then he looked at me suspiciously, and said, "You're joking me."
He's on to me!