When Rose was deep in the throes of epilepsy, she had to be monitored constantly.
At first, this required calling her name for a “What?” or stopping whatever I was doing to go look at her.
Then we developed the game, Echo Whistling.
Every few minutes, I would whistle two random notes,
then she would echo the same notes back.
I only called her name when I wanted her attention.
The check in took a fraction of a second and we both went on with what we were doing.
When there was no response from her, there would be seconds of panic until I could get to her and look at her. She was usually busily playing.
We “echo whistled” for years, it was a habit for us both.
Sometimes I would hear her whistle in her sleep.
I wonder if I did too?