My Kingdom for a Book

John said a word.

The scene: Three Dr. Seuss board books lined up (upside down of course) for John’s silent inspection. A common pursuit in the slow hour between ABA and dinner — but today, instead of pushing me away as I tried to intrude in his play, he handed me one book after another and spoke.

“Booo-,” he said, looking — not down or away, but intently into my eyes.

“Yes, book!” I said, and gave him a squeeze.

“Booo-!” he repeated, jumping up and down.

Just like that — snapJoint Attention.

Proud mama. Proud little boy.

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