I was busy with some child, household or computer thing the other day; when Charlie comes in and starts emphatically clapping his hands and rubbing his belly. The belly rub, in our house, is the universally accepted sign for "please."
But the clapping I did not recognize, fortunately I have an in house sign language interpreter.
"Ruthie! Ruthie please come in."
Ruthie ran in all out of breathe.
"would you please tell me what Charlie wants?"
Charlie did the hand thing again this time for his sister.
"He wants a tortilla with cheese"
After producing the tortilla with cheese it was clear that it was what Chas wanted. He walked to the table smiling.
I just know that, without the sign language interpreter, we would have had a crises of monumental order. " All I wanted was a cheese tortilla, you wouldn't give it to me and now I am in an institution."