Laughing at Robots

My mom has reached such a point in her ALS progression that her words are almost entirely indiscernible now, so earlier this week my dad rigged a pole thingy (yes, that's the technical term) onto the side of her wheelchair so that an eye-tracking tool that we call the Tobii can hover in front of her face so she can type words into it using her eyes, which a computer will then read aloud for her. So we were on the phone yesterday, my mom and my dad and I, and I asked my mom a question but couldn't understand her spoken response so she turned to the Tobii and moved her eyes around the screen for a minute and then the robot voice started to speak. I know now that my mom was trying to say, through the Tobii, "I don't know. I haven't seen it yet.", but she accidentally pressed the speak button before completing the sentence so instead the robot voice said, "I don't know. I haven't seen it yeee…" with the final 'e' drawing out like a choir warmup note which, in the robot's drone, sounded like a half-assed cheer.

"Yeee?" I teased. "You haven't seen it yeee? What the hell does that mean?"

Even though it was such a silly thing, my mom started laughing and then my dad started laughing and I laughed too and we kept that up for a good long time and it was a happy moment for all of us and it reminded me that even though she can't speak anymore, my mom can still laugh, and it's music to my ears.