We were driving in the van a few days ago and I looked in my rear view mirror to see Seth staring out the window, seemingly day dreaming. I couldn't help but wonder what he was thinking about. But then it struck me: how does he think? What language can he possibly think in? He is fast losing the languages of both his birth and circumstances, and has not yet gained a new language with which to form complete sentences or thoughts. When they arrived in Canada, their language was already a mix of two incomplete languages and he and Lizzie now speak to each other mostly in short English phrases or words. So what language does he think in? How does he process thought? Can he process thought without language? How can the brain of even such an intelligent boy work without language to fill up the mind and enable thought?
I really don't know the answer to these questions, but they make me unbearably sad for him. For them.