Last night at ASL class one of the students won all the “games” by figuring out all the communications by the teacher the fastest and signing it back to him rapid fire. She is a very pretty young gal who works with a deaf child client at a local, private children’s service agency. This gal is a ball of fire and she let it be known that she wants to have learning ASL be like pushing a button on a wall and getting it ALL. RIGHT NOW! Dammit…
I empathize. I want it all and I want it all right now. I merely know I can’t have it all right now. I find myself flowing far more easily than I did at the start of last summer. I go to an ASL meetup now in addition to class and that really helps. The reality is that my receptive skills are better than my expressive ones.
Looked into classes at the local college. $500! Wowsa! That’s $300 more than I am paying now! Hey, I’m old, I get a discount, right? Yeah, you bet – $75. Wow! Don’t bowl me over there.
At present this graphic pretty much describes me. When you least expect it I’ll start signing while I’m talking and I won’t even know I’m doing it. Then I don’t seem to be able to stop. And if I don’t know the right sign I’m finger spelling it.
So if you see this lady with curly red-blond hair waiting for a bus and she’s got her nose in a book and is making strange gestures … it just might be me, trying to get it all – NOW.