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3V0995.01 Excuses and implausible threats (10/11/80)

Peggy begins now to more frequently offer excuses (as her siblings do
all too often) and even makes threats. She sometimes neglects to
empty her potty into the toilet after shitting. I urged her to do so
today. as she sat on the floor, playing with a bare foot. Instead of
doing as I asked, she responded, “I’m looking for my broken toe.” Her
response could be judged perfectly appropriate if we interpret it to
mean “I hurt my toe. I want to see how badly hurt it is. Let me do this
before I respond to your order.” On the other hand, she had, as I
recall, she had just been PLAYING with her toes and that not very

The fragility of the semantic attachment in the context of Peggy’s more
global intentions is further demonstrated in a threat she offered Robby.
He sat in my easy chair. She wanted him to go away so she could sit
there, first telling him simply to get out and when he refused
fabricating the motive that I wanted to sit in the chair. When Robby
refused again, she offered him a terrible threat and warning, “You’ll get
run over by a car.”


3V0996.01 Using incomprehensible numbers: “Eighty” (10/12/80)

Miriam reported that Peggy was counting with such high numbers.
I recall Miriam saying that Peggy said things like “85, 86” and so forth
but have little confidence in that. See note of 10/27/80 on Counting
Jumping Jacks.


3V0997.01 Lost in the woods: a bad scare for all of us (10/13/80)

While Gretchen and I cut and hauled wood outback, Robby and Peggy
went into the basement to watch TV. A short time later, I went to the
front of the house to saw some sticks remaining from a brush pile.
Knocking on the basement window, I asked Robby to help haul the cut
wood inside when he and Peggy were finished with TV. Robby stayed
with Peggy, reading while she watched Tom and Jerry, so absorbed he
didn’t notice her leaving. Hearing my chain saw, she must have
supposed I was out back, for when Robby came upstairs fifteen minutes
later, Peggy was not with him and no where about. As we all started
drifting quickly into panic, Peggy came wandering onto the backyard
lawn from a trail in the woods. She was quietly crying and so
apparently terrified that she wouldn’t stop and wouldn’t talk. After
twenty minutes or so in my lap, she was calm enough to act more or
less normally.


Peggy Study, Panel P142

Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interactions
Source: (Lawler); date: 10/12/1980

Text commentary: These clips show ??; Why important ??

P142A1 Reading with Rob, 8mb

P142A2 Reading with Rob, 19mb

P142B Stormy Weather, 18mb

P142C1 Standard Objects, 26mb

P142C2 Standard Objects, 26mb

P142C3 Standard Objects, 23mb

P142D1 Colored Blocks, 17mb

P142D2 Colored Blocks, 14mb