We all know that the brains of young children are primed to notice everything.
I was reminded of this one day when my (then) 3-year old child, eyebrows furrowed, tapped me on the hip until I turned the vacuum off.
3-year-old: “Who’s coming ovah?” (I miss those days of r-less speech!)
Me: “What do you mean?”
3-year-old: “Well, you’he vacuuming.”
Me (sputtering indignantly): “I do vacuum other times, you know.”
My inner voice: "Sometimes. Not very often. Oh no. He's probably right."
Me (reluctant sigh): “Grandma will be here in half an hour.”
In case you were wondering, 3-year-olds do self-satisfied smiles quite well.
So I had unintentionally created an association that “vacuuming = guests coming over.”
Could be worse, right?*