Over time, Max started doing it back. He can't quite make the official ASL sign, but he sticks his thumb and pinky out and makes the official Max sign. And while he's doing that with his hand, he also says, "Eeee Oooo," which is not the official English phrase, but is definitely the official Max phrase.
The nightly routine has actually morphed one step further -- Max's sister often says "Eeee Oooo" now, too! (In fact, we all do occasionally.) In return, Max often initiates the routine and offers up his hand sign all on his own. This sibling love? It's a beautiful thing to see.
I enjoy having such a concrete visual in the house. The hand itself is beautifully rendered, but I also appreciate the symbolism behind it. It makes a statement: Our house is different.
But then again, everyone's house is different, right? Perhaps there is a hand out there for you, too!
These hands are hard to find online, but you can check here for several versions.....or go check your local TJMaxx, which is where I found mine for $14.99.
(Vitruvian Collection by TMS Inc.)