I asked Philip what he thought about Ana's essay and the means we have to think and communicate. Philip responded on his letterboard:
I think in words all the time. I kind of get it that it is hard to think meaningfully without words. Miss intention without words. Dare to communicate without words. You restrict some sorts of roles of communicating. You cannot express thoughts and feelings well without words. One day welcome some people who don't use words. It is really hard for them. No one, when they don't speak, likes not speaking. I like being able to use words to communicate. The end story is there are many ways to communicate but none are better than words.
I asked Philip, "When you were younger and couldn't communicate on your letterboard and people didn't know how smart you were, did you think in words?"
Philip: I was always thinking in words.
"Did you ever think in pictures like Temple Grandin?"
P: No I never thought in pictures.
"Do you ever think in music?"
P: Yes. I write songs in my head, notably reaching out to God.
"Do you write the lyrics, tune, or both?"
P: I write both lyrics and tune.
Words. They are powerful. To reiterate what Philip wrote, "The end story is there are many ways to communicate but none are better than words."
Philip, around age 3, and Dad reading