Context: Micaela was standing at a low table, drawing a picture of a house and a bottle for Bingo (Micaela’s stuffed doggie) and Abby (Emeth’s stuffed doggie). I transcribed this conversation while sitting behind them. Any clarifying comments are added between the [brackets].
E: Is yours Bingo little?
M: He’s… four years old.
E: My Bingo’s big. [pause] Where’s Abby’s bedroom?
M: Here’s in this door.
E: Where’s the curtain at night? [We draw the curtain in the bedroom at night to keep it dark]
M: [Not listening] …and then, I’ll draw the chimney. [Then to Emeth] I can’t cut the Chimney out. Is that okay?
E: No that’s not matter. […] How Abby get in the firetruck?
M: You can drive the firetruck and then hold her up while you’re riding on it.
E: There’s no doors on it!
M: What do you mean there’s no doors on it?
E: No doors on it for my Abby to get in! [Pointing to a piece of paper on the desk] Did you rip it?
M: No. It’s just a piece of paper on the desk.
E: What’s that paper over there?
M: What do you mean?
E: That paper next to me. [Pauses – Micaela gets too close for comfort with the scissors] Don’t cut me! Don’t want to cut people.
M: I won’t cut people. I’m cutting paper silly!
E: Don’t cut the house!
M: I’m not, I’m cutting the chimney. But I can’t cut the smoke out.
E: What’s this bottle? For your Bingo? Why your Bingo have two bottles?
M: He doesn’t. I messed up by accident. Some of the bottles were messed up.
E: What’s that there? A Horse? Is that a Donkey? A Donkey? Do you want to cut your Bingos? Your did cut it!
M: [Not listening] This bottle is messed up.
E: That’s okay, right? Why there two bottles messed up? [Pointing somewhere else on the page] Why these not messed up? Why these not two messed up?
M: I don’t know why they’re not messed up. [Keeping her cool] They’re just not messed up.
E: [Pointing to a different spot] Why these two messed up there?
M: I don’t know.
E: [Pointing to different spots] There’s Bingo. Another bottle. Another bottle. Another bottle. Another house. Another bottle. Donkey!
M: There. You can glue those on the paper if you want to.
M: I’m just telling you if you want to. You don’t have to if you don’t want to.
E: Is that our house right there? Is that our little house right there? Right there?
M: Actually that paper is for somebody else.
E: Why is that for somebody else?
M: Because I like to give…
E: [Cutting her off] Is that for Jessica? Is that for Michael? Is that picture for Winnie?
M: I gave a picture to them already.
E: Where’s mom-mom and pop-pop’s picture?
M: I don’t know.
E: They just have all the pictures at their house already. Mom-mom and pop-pop already have your picture already that your made. Right? [Pauses] Why are you drawing on that? Are you drawing grass? What’s those?
M: I’m drawing a house for my Bingo.
E: This is our house. See? That’s not our house. This is our house. Right?
M: This is your Abby’s house. This is my Bingo’s house.
E: Abby can’t go in the door if it’s closed. Right?
M: I mean, pretend that she’s in there already.
E: There’s two boxes for our Bingo and my Abby, right? [Pointing inside the house] I put crackers in there. Abby can eat them. I save them for later so Abby can eat them if she doesn’t eat her soup. Right? […] This is Abby’s basket, right?
M: [Stops cutting the paper] Emeth, Why are you always saying right?
E: I’m not always saying right.
M: You are!
E: I’m not always saying right!
M: [Firmly] You – are – always – saying – right.
E: [Smiles] I’m not always saying right… I’m just fishing!