Omigod, the first session of the BSL class was really funny. We had to go round the group and say why we'd enrolled. This red-head said she was doing voluntary work in a deaf school. A girl with a very tight denim skirt said she was taking a year out to do missionary work.
A boy-man said he worked with a deaf guy and wants to be able to chat. That's more like it, not this 'helping the unfortunates' crap! I said, 'I'm here because my boyfriend's deaf.' Somebody actually gasped. Can you believe it? 'And because I think everybody should learn'.
The tutor's called Clive but he has a sign name, which is like a nickname in BSL. It's the sign for C moved across the top of his fingers because he always wears lots of rings. That's his thing. Clive gave me a sign name - swan - and I thought, here we go, it's just like what the Russells said, because I've got really long neck or something freakish.
Then he spelt G.R.A.C.E.F.U.L. and I could have cried.
Hey, why don't you think about giving yourself a sign name? You can tell me what it is if you like. I promise I won't laugh.
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