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Please understand

April 10, 2012

The girls on the bus had spent the morning working with their hands, learning words in a silent language. But one seemed not to have absorbed the lesson, and the other kept asking her to re-form words with her fingers, to understand what was passing between their seats.

That’s not how you say please, said the girl with greater understanding. You have to keep your hand above your heart.

She demonstrated the sign, then, to her friend, her right hand circling, the word cutting through the engine’s rumble and the conversation of other passengers. Please. Please. Please.

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