Now, Gus? Gus is a whole different story. Any time the phone rings at our house, he stops what he's doing and shouts, HEH-RO? At a Chinese restaurant? "Heh-RO!" In a department store? "Heh-RO!" When the toaster goes off? Ding! "HEH-RO?"
He has a toy phone in every style--rotary, cellular, push button, MacDonalds Biggie Fry flip phone. And he doesn't leave home without one.
Recently he got a new book called "I Want to Be a Firefighter." It has little paper pouches with even littler paper items in them that you can pull out. And they're made of paper! So you can rip them and eat them! And they are delicious. On page one, you see the firefighter's Emergency Bag. And in the emergency bag, there's an axe and a blanket and some bandages--all with bites taken out of them--and then there's a teensie tinsie wee little paper walkie talkie. It's about the size of my thumbnail, this walkie talkie, but Gus, rather than eating it like he did all the other emergency items, picked it up between his thumb and forefinger, held it very carefully up to his ear, and said, with a true firefighter's sense of urgency, "Heh-RO?"
Genius this. Because when there's an emergency, you can probably make do without the blanket and the axe. But you've got to stay connected.