“Nora, which way is up?” Ben asks innocently.
Nora points to the ceiling and Ben’s hands lunge for her armpits. A tickle attack has been launched. She shrieks and giggles.
He taught her the hand signals for telling your backhoe operator to raise his bucket. You raise your arm and draw a horizontal circle in the air. This is also a ruse to get at her pits.
Sometimes, she knows what he is up to and locks her arms against her body and shakes her head vigorously. Other times, she knows what he is up to and plays along.
Always, it lights her up.