SOLC 10 of 31: Squeezy Hand Game

I take his hand in mine.

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

He squeezes back 3x.

I squeeze his hand again, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

He squeezes back 4x.

I squeeze his hand again, this time, with a pattern: squeeze, squeeze, pause, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

He squeezes back exactly the same way. I smile and give him a small nod. His turn.

He squeezes out a pattern and I respond in turn.

This is how we pass the time sometimes. This is how we redirect our anxiety sometimes. This is our secret way of conversing when conversation isn’t allowed or appropriate. This is our secret language.

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5 Comments

  1. Shawn said,

    March 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    What a lovely way to communicate with your student to show you care and are there for him. Your last line is powerful and I enjoyed how you structured your writing, I could picture the interaction between you and your student. So sweet.

  2. March 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    So true… sometimes the secret language is a look, a tap, a pat, or a squeeze. Beautifully written.

  3. March 10, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I love this! Thank you for sharing.

  4. March 11, 2018 at 2:38 am

    My mom and I did this in the same way in the same situations. (I love you…I love you too). I do this with my daughter now as well, and my son too. FYI–I emailed you a request. 🙂

  5. caroline524 said,

    March 12, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I love how the story and the secret language sounds like morse code. So sweet!


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