April 2008 – Nicholas’ first story: a week or so after my mother had flown to England on holiday (and we had seen her off at the airport), Nicholas spotted a plane in the sky. He’s always had great hearing and has pointed out planes when he heard them, but this time he pointed and said “plane”, then he signed/said “Nana” and then he waved and yelled “Bye Nana!”. He went on to tell this story for quite a few weeks and even now sometimes pulls it out for old times’ sake.
May 2008 – his second story consisted of only 5 words and some actions:
- “HI!!!” (waving fiercely)
- “Fire tuck!” (signing fireman)
- “Lights” (signing lights)
Here’s the story with a few more words. We were having dinner downtown with Wendy (from Nelson). As we were waiting for her, Nicholas saw a fire truck stopped at the traffic lights. He became very animated and frantically waved to them, yelling, “HI!!!” (encouraged by Nana). They waved back and the driver turned on the lights. Nicholas was tickled pink! Another truck came by a few minutes later and was also stopped at the lights, so Nicholas waved to them, too. They waved back and the driver tugged on the horn! WOW!!
Nicholas told this story every day, multiple times each day, for many weeks! Every now and then, he will tell it again, but he hasn’t had another story, since, quite so succinct as this one.