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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Life with 'song and Elayna 
5th-Nov-2010 04:46 pm
Mommy & Elayna 2010
Elayna: "Max likes it when I snap my fingers at him. I snapped and he came over, and I stopped and he went away."
Max: *sidles up to me, puts his front paws on my leg, awaits invitation*
Me: "Oh, Max, I can't snap my fingers. I never could. But you can come up anyway."
Max: *jumps on my lap*
Elayna: "Try snapping your ring finger instead of your middle finger."
Me: *does as instructed, despite pessimism* *produces audible snap* *jawdrop*
Elayna: *laugh*
Me: "But I what? I snapped!"
Elayna: "Our thumbs are at an odd angle in relation to our hands. Our middle fingers don't end up in the right place to make a sound. So one day I figured I'd try my ring finger, and it worked. And then I snapped my fingers for like three days."
Me: *snaps fingers over and over, wide-eyed*

I can snap my fingers! My daughter taught me how to snap my fingers.
Comments 
5th-Nov-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hee! That's awesome! :D
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5th-Nov-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
You always learn more from your child than your child learns from you.

5th-Nov-2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think it is awesome that she not only figured out how to snap her fingers, she figured out why the usual route didn't work for her.
5th-Nov-2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
*smiles*

You may still be able to learn how to snap with the middle finger. I managed to learn it. (Same with whistling. You should be able to whistle.)
5th-Nov-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe she should just watch Sesame Street. That's where I learned to whistle (okay granted, I was 2...)
5th-Nov-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!
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5th-Nov-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I learned to snap that way too. No sound with the middle finger, I have to use the ring finger. But, I can only do it on my right hand.

I also can't hold up my three middle fingers, when I display the number 3 on my hands it's my thumb and first two fingers. Short thumb is short!
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5th-Nov-2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I also love that Elayna can play "Bad Romance" on the flute.
5th-Nov-2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I can snap with the middle finger, but if I want volume, I use the ring finger. I... never realized this was odd. I just experimented until I could snap. *shrug* A hint, though: Snapping with the middle finger works better if you push the ring finger behind the middle finger as you snap (at least it does for me).
5th-Nov-2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Were you aware that your family is awesome? If you weren't aware of that, I figured I'd let you know.
5th-Nov-2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Too cool for words. I love how Elayna thought through and solved the problem.
5th-Nov-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Cool!

Reminds me of the friend whose mother had never heard a light bulb joke until he told her one. She then went on a light bulb joke creation tear.
5th-Nov-2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
It are what daughters are for.

*has no daughters*

*fails to snap fingers*
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