He also said, "Hi!"
The forward momentum in Lochlan's speech/communication all but ceased and was replaced by poor choices in behavior. Discouragement has been my close friend these past several weeks; hope, a distant memory. It's pitiful how easily we become despondent when the screaming (both literal and figurative) drowns out the singing around us. I know that I have frustrated Lochlan - he perceives my anxiety. He watches me and sees into my soul (I'm pretty sure) and his emotions often track my own, when mine aren't tracking his.
So, today, as I approached my wall at a full gallop, my course was dramatically altered when Lochlan spontaneously said, "Hi" on a video message to Lori, and then "bye-bye" with a wave of his hand upon the conclusion of the message. I promptly burst into tears and a rather gushing outpouring of my delight. He laughed, patted my cheek ("Oh Mama, ye of little faith...") and left two other video messages, using his (two new) words.
I suppose men of few words are really and truly heard when speak they do. :-)