Hey! I Got Hands Too!

by Janeel Hew

(Molokai, Hawaii)

Babies have been doing things with their hands even before they were born. (Moms you know what I’m talking about)

When I was getting my son’s room decorated, I put up two alphabet posters. One with the letters and objects, (A apple) the other was in sign language. I hung them both low to the ground, so that they would be more at his eye level.

I also had set up my mirrors so that I could keep an eye on him when I wasn’t in his room at night. (First child, can you tell?)

Anyway, one evening he was being very quiet, so I started watching him from the mirror. He was just sitting there looking at his hands then looking at the wall. His little fingers would wiggle and he would turn his side to side. Then all of the sudden he stopped. He just kept staring at the wall. I almost went to see if he was alright.

Then he made the sign for “A” with a big giggle after! Then “B” an even bigger giggle! That’s when I realized that it wasn’t the wall..it was the poster he was looking at. I couldn’t help but to laugh. He stopped and looked toward my room, so I went in and he was so excited to show me…not so much that fact that he could make the sign, but that he has hands too! He went to the poster and put his hand on each letter sign. He was so interested in that poster, that he ended up teaching himself the whole alphabet. He started reading at the age of two. He will be 18 this month, and can still sign the alphabet better than me.

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