Avery has a tendency to reiterate whatever has just been said, either to herself, or to anyone who will listen.
A conversation can go like this.
I will say, "Avery, you need to get in your seat so we can eat."
Avery will spout, "I need to get in my seat so I can eat, Daddy," as if he didn't hear me say it in the first place.
I remember in pre-marital counseling that it was important when communicating to repeat what you heard the person say. Most of the time we hear things much differently than what is said.
Avery would be fantastic at that exercise because she repeats what is said, normally in different words but with the same message....usually.
This morning she asked where her Daddy was. I said, "He had to go back to work today. It stinks that he can't be with us all the time like he has been lately."
.... "Daddy had to go back to school because he stinks?"