Having the most challenging family member be preliterate is handy, since the rest of us know how to S-P-E-L-L.
Being able to communicate in a way that keeps our little Joe out of the loop is great when someone wants to sneak outside unencumbered by an enthusiastic tag-along.
The only problem is when that wannabe interloper is too smart for his own good. For instance, when Joe one day asked, “Can I go “o-u-t”?
This was our response, in cat form: