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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Marked Question

Nat asked me a question tonight!!!!!! He was getting ready for bed and he came downstairs in just his underpants and he asked, “Where are your pajamas?”

I started answering him: “Oh, they’re under your — ” and then, my breath caught in my throat. “Oh my God, Natty! You asked me a question! You asked a question! Hey Ned, did you hear that?” I went running upstairs to tell Ned, who was playing a game with Benj (he was leaning his full weight against Ben’s feet to see how long Ben could hold him up.
“Did you hear that?”
Ned smiled at me. “Yeah.”
“Wow.”
I hugged Nat, saying,”That was really good, asking me where your pajamas are.” Nat, however, looked at me expectantly. He was still undressed, waiting patiently for his pajamas to be found. I threw open his covers, and there they lay.

Nat has almost never asked a question, in all his nearly 17 years on the planet. Only one other time in his life has he done this, when we were driving around and around, and he whispered, (or at least I think he did) “Did you get lost?” Back then, it seemed like he was commenting to himself. Tonight, it was a real live question based on a real live need.

Nat asked me a question.

11 comments

Wow, wow, wow! I bet, and also know, that feels freaking awesome!

— added by mrs. gilb on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 10:25 pm

That’s so cool. 😀

— added by Camille on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 1:45 am

Way to go Nat! How exciting and awesome Susan:) I can’t wait until K.C. asks me a question! I’ll probably faint from pure joy!

— added by K.C.'sMother on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 4:43 am

That must be an amazing feeling!

I live for the day my son asks one, I’d probably keel over from joy there and then 🙂

— added by Someone Said on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 8:26 am

Wow indeed!

— added by Paul Leclerc on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 8:43 am

Cool! 🙂 I hope you get many more!

— added by Joel Smith on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 10:05 am

AWESOME!! Sharing your joy. I remember when my daughter began asking questions. I cried. It was something I thought I’d never witness.

— added by Em's Mom on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 10:40 am

That is so fantastic!!!

— added by Jen on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 10:50 am

Oh, that’s so great! Your joy is just radiating from my computer screen.

— added by mumkeepingsane on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 11:14 am

I am so happy for you.!!!!

— added by dori on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 11:22 am

Charlie began asking questions this summer and the Verbal Behaviors program stresses manding using WH questions. They call it making him a “Manding Monster”. In the very beginning of the summer Charlie asked his first question and reversed the pronoun exactly as Nat did. Now he is asking all kinds of things and most times getting the pronoun right. If he gets it wrong we quote the right useage back to him and try to get him to say it. I hope that this new ability for Nat just grows and grows and allows you all to communicate so much better!

We also had to work very hard on answering. We ask Charlie leading questions, like “Are you hungry, Yes or No?” and he would sometimes quote the question, but as time has gone on he is now able to just answer yes or no (most of the time).

I just flip out in joy with every milestone that he hits. But those questions are just so great because more of what is inside him is coming out. I am so happy for you.

— added by Mom on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 8:07 am

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