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“Cars behind,” declares Colby as he peers into the side mirror of our Dodge Magnum on our nightly drive, and I nearly let go of the steering wheel to clap for joy while cheering, “Yahoo for you!!”

That statement is the culmination of years of work to gain an array of skills:

· He is paying attention to his environment, noticing what is going on in the outside world.
· He is making a comment, engaging in conversation for its own sake rather than simply communicating a need.
· He is using a preposition, one of those tricky word types that make only rare appearances in Colby’s language.

Always hoping to push him a little more, to lengthen our brief conversations, I counter with a question meant to elicit a few more words: “Colby, HOW do you know that cars are behind us?”

His answer is pure Colby: “Window ears!!”

Yet again Colby has forever changed my world view. Side mirrors will now always make me smile.

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Merrie wrote:
I am using "window ears" from now on!! Thanks, Colby!

Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 5:10 PM

2. Stephanie Martin wrote:
I love it, Colby! Window ears are so much cooler than boring rear views. Thank you!

Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 6:08 PM

3. Suzanne Hyman wrote:
Brought a much-needed smile and perspective today! Once again, Colby drills down to the basics. Hope you "cheered" quietly. : )

Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 6:37 PM

4. Olivia wrote:
My friend had a car in high school that had only one side mirror by design. We named the car Van Gogh! So Colby is exactly right! They are ears!

Thu, February 21, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

5. Kelly wrote:
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing. Yahoo for Colby indeed! Love it.

Fri, February 22, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

6. Brigid wrote:
Absolutely love it!! Thanks for sharing!

Sun, September 8, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

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