Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On Motherhood

Martha’s been signing since around ten months old. She would sign "mummy", and if she couldn’t see her mum and she was you know perhaps a little bit distressed I could sign to her "oh, mummy" – and I would say mummy’s coming. But I would sign "mummy" with my hand and she would settle down with that. The sign for mother is "M" shaped by three fingers pointing downwards.

He used to comfort his baby by gently placing his three fingertips on her head, and this would calm her, knowing that it was mother that she wanted and that he understood.

Word of Mouth, BBC Radio Four, 20 July 2010

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