This word/sound came to my mind today and stirred memories. I couldn’t remember if it actually had a meaning or if my sister and I had only attributed a meaning to it when we were children. Out of curiosity I typed it into a web site and was surprised to find it.
The sound Eee-Yah-Kee comes from the Lassie show of the 1950’s. The two boys, who were Lassie’s human friends, would call it out to each other. It was a form of recognition; it was the assurance that they were there for each other. Somehow, it meant everything would be OK because they were together. They also said it when one left for another state. In that scene it was kind of a goodbye that acknowledged physical separation but kept the souls intact.
Back in those days my little sister and I would watch our small black and white TV and become absorbed in the story of Lassie. We must have somehow recognized the essence of the word Eee-Yah-kee because it became a code between us.
During these years when our parents struggled I would say this “word” to my sister and write her letters with it as the signature. I wanted her to know that we would be OK. I wanted her to recognize that she was not alone. I didn’t want her to be scared. I was the older sister and I would be there for her.
Is the heart of Eee-Yah-Kee simply a personal code that strengthened two sisters back in the days of black and white TV or can we wring meaning from it today?
Why do I want to write about it in Silverstrands: faith through aging eyes?
Am I longing to hear someone say this “word” to me?
Am I looking for someone that needs to hear it from me?