Seen in my daughter’s reading book.

Last night my daughter came to me with a word in her book that she didn’t know.  And while she can usually just spell the word out loud and I can figure it out, this one gave me pause.  When I couldn’t figure it out in my head, I told her to read me the sentence, thinking that I would figure out the word once I heard read aloud.  However, that was no help either.  See for yourself:

“The air was full of a nasturtium smell…”

She read me the sentence, and also the one immediately following it, and I was at a loss.  I had no clue.  I was beginning to wonder exactly what kind of book my daughter, a first grader, was reading.  I didn’t know what nasturtiums were, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to find out. 

I looked it up — Googled it, to be exact — and found out that it’s nothing bad.  It’s a kind of flower/plant.  But for a while there, I thought it was…well, never mind what I thought it was.  What did you think it was?

The book: Betsy-Tacy and Tib, by Maud Hart Lovelace. 

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