3V1096.1

3V1096.01 Time sensitivity: When vs. Before (1/22/81)

Miriam and I got back from Boston around 9 pm. We emptied the car,
got off our coats, and all that. I talked with Peggy a while and she told
me of her activities earlier in the day. I can’t recall the specific
activity, but at one point she said, “I did… , when you came back
from Boston.” She stopped, then tried again, “I did…. before you came
back from Boston.”

Peggy is becoming more sensitive to time. Because I work no regular
schedule, I have tried instructing her in the cycle, the periodicity of
weeks by verbally connecting Sunday to our doing experiments. (This
is useful because she often asks to do an experiment and I can respond,
“No. Today is Tuesday. We do our experiments on Sunday, but we can
play if you want.) Just now she walked into the room. When I
remarked to her that today is Sunday, she asked if we could do an
experiment. I agreed to and she said, “Let’s clean up the house first.”

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