Airplanes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The sign for "I love you" in American Sign Language is the sign on the story's cover.

Submitted: September 25, 2018

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Baby James showed little interest learning to communicate, much to the frustration of my cousin and his wife. By their third child, they were more than ready to ditch the baby talk.

“Maybe it’s the speaking he doesn’t like,” suggested Alex.

“We should try sign language,” agreed Sarah. And so they switched from croons of “ma-ma, da-da” to spreading their fingers wide and tapping their thumbs to their chins and foreheads, respectively. James couldn’t care less, but his older brother was fascinated.

“This is I love you,” Mattie showed me, forming the I, L, and Y handshapes simultaneously with his chubby fingers. “And this—” he moved the same sign up and outward, “—is airplane.”

“Very nice,” I applauded. Mattie beamed.

“Do you know why I love you and airplane have the same sign?” I didn’t. “It’s ‘cuz when I do this—”

He zoomed the I love you sign up in my face, smudging my glasses with his fingerprints.

“—it’s like I’m sending all my I love yous to you in a giant airplane!”

Whenever I feel homesick, I look to the sky. There’s sure to be an airplane there, and I remember Mattie sends his love.


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