Miriam has understood communication for a while now. She knows sign for "all done," "more," "water," and "please," and uses them correctly. She can follow verbal statements. She has specific sounds for dogs, cats, cows, jumping, and thank you. But over the past few weeks, there have been definate words develop. The things that are important enough to Miriam to label them with precise words are the following: Zeke (one of our cats), cheese, and shoes. Yes, shoes. She has always had a fascination with her feet, so a budding love of shoes really is no surprise. Plus, as the workers in shoe stores where Miriam really gets excited, she's a girl! Her Aunt Erin, a shoe lover first and speech pathologist second, is prouder than anybody over both the word development and the word choice.