Tuesday, January 6, 2009

els and roro

little m has a pseudo big sister in elodie, our friends' 4 year old daughter. i've been meaning to post this short clip forever (it's about a minute), because it warms the very cockles of my heart (whatever that means). when our friends and their kids first found out little m (or as elodie calls her, roro) is deaf, they started doing the i love you asl sign all the time. i swear i would almost start crying every time we hung out with elodie's fam; without fail little miss elodie would come marching up to little m, and very purposefully stick her tiny 'i love you' sign 2 inches from m's face. it was such an expression of pure love to me, void of the emotional complexities i felt or the grief i was experiencing. somehow elodie gave matt and i such a gift in her exuberant love for little m. 

every single time we see her, same exact thing - "i love you roro!" and then the i love you sign.  i took this video maybe 6 months ago now, and i love how she tries to teach m to make the sign herself. my personal favorite is maybe 25 seconds in, when she shows the difference between using your hand to sign i love you and spiderman, and says, "this is spiderman but this is i love you." priceless.

she just adores little m, and is always learning new signs to try with her. (i don't think it even crosses her mind that m has no idea what she is doing when she sticks her fingers in her face; to elodie, little m knows perfectly well that she is saying that she loves her.)


  1. LOVE IT! I'm doing the asl sign [for both spiderman and i love you] as i type. we need a play date!

    so enjoying your blogging. thanks for sharing and putting it all out there.

  2. That is so adorable! I think M has a great friend there.

  3. ok. i've watched this video like at least half a dozen times today. i love it. thank you for the treasure. i look forward to the day when we'll all be together and we can hear roro talk in her own voice about how she experiences this video.

  4. I'm speechless... that is one of the sweetest things EVER!!!!


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