One of the rarer Janey modes is the extremely talkative mode. It's as rare as the proverbial blue moon, but we had one this morning. The morning had started out rough, with a lot of screaming and tantrums, and Tony and I decided we better get Janey out of the house fast. She usually does much better on the go on weekends, rather than sitting around the dull old house. It doesn't really matter where we go, just THAT we go. So we took her to the big Goodwill downtown, and then we were talking about where we were going to get a bite to eat, and Janey came up with this sentence "You are thinking you are talking about getting your bear chicken nuggets" 12 words! I often call Janey "my bear", so that is where that part comes from, and our talk was along the lines of "what are you thinking we should get Janey? That was only one of about 10 great sentences out of her today, all of which we about what we were actually talking about. While I was in the store, Tony and Janey were walking around and saw a squirrel up a tree, and Tony asked Janey to say hi to the squirrel (we are always practicing those greetings!), and instead she said "Hey, squirrel, what are you doing up there?"
It's hard to express how rare talking like this is from Janey. It's like if someone usually was at about the level of subtraction in doing math, and suddenly started doing algebra, and then went back to subtraction, and then had days where counting to 10 was a challenge. It's the part of Janey autism that is amazing and at the same time, heartbreaking. How often are sentences like that in her head, and can't find their way out? How often does she understand what we are saying, and have something to add, but just can't? Is there some strategy, some magic method I don't know, that would unlock Janey? I just don't know.