Dot writes: this morning I misguidedly put my cup of tea on the floor (this was because I had to sit in the armchair not on the sofa, as Hugh was playing house with the sofa cushions). Of course within a few minutes Hugh had tripped over it and spilled the whole lot. So as Ken rushed to mop it up (I was feeding Frank) Hugh stood by the puddle, gazing on in distress, and exclaimed “I sorry, I sorry, I sorry” over and over. Then after a bit he said “mess!” And then “tea.” And then, satisfied that he had been adequately contrite, he went back over to the sofa and resumed his demands for “more ‘ouse! more ‘ouse!”



4 thoughts on “Apology

  1. Helen Conrad-O'Briain

    Congratulations Hugh and Hugh’s parents. He has taken the first step on the road to becoming a person who holds the door for the cleaning staff struggling with bags and offers his seat to the old, the tired, and parents with small children on the underground.

  2. kenanddot

    I hope so. He says sorry a great deal at the moment and it is actually rather disconcerting; one ends up feeling guilty and striving to reassure him. This is possibly the real reason why English people notoriously say sorry when someone else barges into them: it’s supposed to make the other person feel bad. (Do Irish people do this?)

    1. kenanddot

      Oooh, how interesting. The research also suggests to me the importance of teaching by example, since that fits with the “priming” part of the experiment (though maybe priming strictly means a very recent stimulus).

      For ages Hugh has loved trying to feed us. This is endearing but sometimes messy at the dinner table.

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