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A blog repost…reminders of how Yan communicated when she had less words!

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This was posted on my old blog back in 2008, but I’m reposting because it made me laugh when I reread it.  Some days are just “crazy”, but I love it! 

I’ve been trying to upload videos of Yan…but alas, I can not get them to work. So tonight you get this story from a very wild afternoon! 🙂

Did you ever have something happen and you end up sitting there saying, “This really isn’t happening to me…please make it stop”?! Today, that was me.

I had some bloodwork come back bad and the Dr. wanted me to go in again to repeat it. Yan and I went in to the Dr’s office and there were a bunch of people waiting for the same thing. I got behind this older gentleman (and well I don’t know how to say it nicely) who was apparently off his rocker. He was probably in his 60’s, had no teeth, had black shades inside his glasses and most likely had a hearing impairment because he screamed everything. (I’m not making fun of him, just trying to paint the picture).

Yan immediately went to sit down while I waited in line and started her moaning. The man in front of me startled me by turning around and screaming, “Is that YOUR kid?” Well, ya’ll know how I’ve been wanting to give it back to some people lately, so I yelled back, “Yeah, WHY?” He yelled, “I just wondered, I didn’t say it was anything bad!”.

Then I sat down to wait and of course he sat down directly across from me. He started (yelling) to ask her age, grade and where we lived. Then he would randomly get up and switch chairs. Well, Miss Yan so wants to love everybody-she got away from me and went to hug him. (It is seriously a problem that I am working on because it’s just not safe). Well, he was shocked and yelled, “What’s she doing?” (Please keep in mind that everyone is staring and trying not to laugh.) I explained that she just wanted to give him a hug and he gruffed, “Well, I guess that’s nice”. 

Then out of the blue he asks, “Are you seeing anyone?” (Note to self-the conversation went all downhill from there) I’m trying to mumble things about how I’m interested in someone (cause you know…there’s George Clooney and stuff, but of course, I never think to lie). 

Well, Yan must have sensed the shift in the conversation because she suddenly decided that she was a tiger and started to get up, walk over to the man and growl at him. So I’m mumbling about my love interests, Yan is growling to the point of not being able to speak over her…and the man yells out of the blue, “So, you think we could start seeing each other?” To which I said “Noooooo”. He said, “Why not?” I said, “I’m really not interested.”

At that point everyone in the room who were trying to ignore it, turned their heads to start laughing (which was so wrong because I was ready to lose it). I had to pin Yan in the chair because she was growling so loudly the man started yelling at her to “Calm down MONKEY”. Everytime he spoke she growled again and got louder. He finally said, “That’s ridiculous!” and got up to go yell at the nurses. OY!