Happy National ASL Day! To learn a little more about why exactly today was chosen to be National ASL Day, check out this site. Be sure to watch the video on the first page. It isn’t subtitled, but the transcript is below. The signing is wonderful, and I didn’t know the explanation for why today was chosen.
Two years ago, I wrote a post about the resources we were using to learn ASL. We are still working os hard to learn. I am proud to say though, that two years, later, Gigi has become our teacher. I was so worried about the day she would surpass my abilities. That day has come and gone, and we are living through it. I am working hard to keep up with her, but she is also teaching me new things daily. She is so very culturally Deaf.
Gigi has her own Deaf mentor. She comes every Friday night to hang with Gigi, and every Monday morning to play with Isabel. This gives the girls individual time to be with someone whose form of communication is their form of communication. They thrive on it. Last week, Isa and her Deaf Mentor spent the entire hour doing puzzles. The Deaf Mentor, who has no access to sound, just like Isa, thinks just the way Isa does, in a completely visual way. It is amazing for me, as a hearing person to watch. She could anticipate what Isa was trying to sign so much faster than I could. She understands how her mind works.
I used to think I would be so bothered by this, by someone else understanding my daughter better than I did. I am not bothered by it at all. Instead, I am so grateful. Without this woman, who thinks the way my baby does, her world would be that much more isolated. Instead, I am so grateful. I am so grateful for all the Deaf people who have stepped out to help my girls.
I am so grateful for the language that allows me to communicate with my daughters.
–FullPlateMom, who is happy to show you the signs she knows.