Thursday, January 24, 2008

Who is that child?

Who is that child? . . . . Who that child? . . . . Who child?

I know what you thought, I can't believe you thought that?

No way . . . This was my first sign language sentence I learned last night.

I can't believe you thought that!

Okay back to the topic. I started my first ASL class last night. It is offered by the local church with three teachers. Two are deaf and one is an interpreter. One word - difficult! I have spent the majority of my life reading lips. I can read lips and understand most of everything said. They had to turn off the voices and not move lips when signing. Now I had to work. Since I know my abc's and numbers, I got to move to group 2. :) We started on chapter 2 and 3. We practiced family names and pronouns. We had to sign out three sentences. So my sentence was ,Who is the child? I did it!!!!

Now I have to practice chapter 4. So I am putting 20 minutes a night to practice.

My husband is not very happy about me taking sign language course. He watch for 20 years as my hearing started to decline. He cried with me as I lost my interest in music and movies. He made journeys and trips to see what was happening to me. He held me and yelled(can't whisper anymore) I'll learn ASL with you. I always said no, I'm fine, we will make it. So now that I have hearing, alot of hearing, wait more hearing then I ever had, why do I want to hear ASL. I told him that is the point.

*I don't have to learn it to survive. I can learn it to enrich. I can make the choice without the choice being made for me. And plus I want to view the vloggers and understand.

So now he is accepting it better. It is hard to watch someone you love not understanding your choices. My wonderful hubby is also dealing with some hearing loss from the military. All the weapons caused some problems. I see it, it is very small, but there. The good news it is the same and has not progressed from 14 years ago.

Now music, music, music

I have made so much progress with music. I added three new songs. "Imagine" "Fancy" and "Alone." I am picking up most of the words from Imagine and Alone. Fancy is a tough nut to crack. The only words I am really getting is poor white trash!(my mom's favorite words growing up :)). Now for the top of Valerie's music chart is .........drumroll.........(cough)......

Topping the chart at 227 times
Waiting for something, anything to take its place.
I'm begging, no my husband is really begging and my daughter is crying for something from the 80's and 90's with the same beat.


Deaf club said...

The ASL is difficult. You should have a deep passion with ASL, and willingly to find time to learn and practice ASL.

mishkazena said...

ASL will become easier once you get the hang of using your hands and arms to communicate. It's neat. You'll love it. :)

cnkatz said...

Even though you can not hear the music, it is always inside your soul. You never lost it!

You already have the knowing feeling and understanding of what music as sounds can be. Now that part is closing or closed. But music can be experienced differently - without sounds. Hard to believe? Yes, music can be loved without sounds! Deaf people do enjoy the beats and the rhythm of vibrations, colors, and especially movements.

The journeys of hearing people losing their hearing are heartrenchingly beautiful, if I may phrase it out, as demonstrated here. We all are humans - afflicted with the good and the bad - and continue to live. Focus on the good and don't let the little bad overwhelm.

Your first signs struck me deeply - who child? Who is the child? How odd, the title of the creative mythology I ve been at work for years is titled "The Deaf Child". Sheer concidence or sheer synchronity. Both might be apt.

I ask why, out of million words, you signed, who is the child? Who? What is the answer?

The answer is . . . YOU. Find/explore/love the inner child within you. And now may I add one more word - find/explore/love the inner deaf child within you. Even though you became deaf as an adult.

This post, to me, is beautiful, simply said/signed/typed here. Hand/heart wave/flutter here.

kw said...

Hey! You and I have a few things in common. :-) I find ASL alternatly beautiful, freeing and frustrating. I try to remember the old adage two steps forward, once step back. We'll get there little by little.

My husband is losing his hearing too. He has Menieres.

deaf single said...

I also took my ASL class in your way. I also felt it's difficult at first. It will become easier when you manager your own suitable way for learning

dog food said...

remember; translate english to ASL, not ASL to english.

You're doing wonderful. its like yoga and everyone has the rest of their life to practice. in one year, you'll have the fluency of synthetic oil in drag cars.

Tales from the CI Gal said...


That was the sentence on my green piece of paper. I did not choose it. I also thought it was funny that was my first sign sentence.


Cyborg Queen said...

Hey! Fancy by Reba is MY MOST FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME! Seriously. :-) It was because of "Fancy" that I realized that I was losing more of my residual hearing. I know the song by heart, so even if I was completely deaf, I still can "hear" it in my head. However, it's not as fun as trying to hear it through my hearing aids anymore.
"Fancy" is a heck of a fast song. If you want a fast song, but a little easier to follow, I suggest, "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" - Reba version (ofc!).

The song that I really want to try to learn is "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", but I'm having difficulty because of the declining hearing.

I wish you best of luck with your ASL lessons! Being able to carry a conversation in ASL is a lot easier than not learning anything at all. Flex those fingers and you'll be talking in no time. :)

Abbie said...

Who is that child?

That is a good first sentence to learn :) What were the other sentences that you had to as well?

I'm telling ya, the lip reading thing throws ya off. I have big issues with that lol..