Ann- Monica- Sarah
Throughout my life I have always questioned my signing skills. I just have never been the most confident person about them. This has been especially true since I went an extended time without signing with anyone deaf or hard of hearing. It is true what they say...if you don't use it, you lose it! Well recently I got to use my skills to talk to some deaf people that are very dear to me, my cousins!
The first Sunday of August I got to visit with my deaf cousins, Stephanie and Ralph at an annual family reunion. It was so great to catch up with them! I always hate how I am one of a few people that know how to sign with them. Luckily, my cousins Stephanie does pretty well lipreading. I guess you would have to learn to lipread in order to function in a hearing world.
It is always interesting to watch my cousins try to communicate with others. I would watch my dad and Stephanie (they are first cousins) communicate with one another. They communicate through gestures and some finger spelling. They make it work and for the most part understand each other. Of course, the communication is still not as clear as it would be in sign language but still they are able to communicate with each other. I love to see their connection still shine through even though there is that language barrier.
The following weekend, I got to enjoy the company of the one and only Deaf Socialite! Well some of you may not know that the Deaf Socialite is my cousin, Ann. She recently came to visit me and the rest of the family. It was so great to see her. We haven't seen each other in a long time since we live so far apart. Many people that know me know that I enjoy spending time with my family any chance I get. I truly enjoyed my time spent with my cousins when they came to visit!
Rebecca- Sarah - Ann - Monica
Before meeting up with Ann and the rest of the family, I started to get a bit nervous about having to interpret for her. I believe signing with someone is way different than interpreting. I sign with deaf people quite often but I don't interpret very much at all. I do sometimes if they ask me to. Well, my confidence in my skills were so low when it came to me needing to interpret. For those of you that don't know this my hope is to one day become an interpreter so I truly need to get over my fears! As the weekend went on I felt like my skills were improving and I was becoming more confident in my skill in interpreting. I've always felt comfortable when interpreting from English to ASL. My biggest fear was knowing I was giving an adequate interpretation from ASL to English. I'm supposed to be the person that helps bridge the gap of communication. I've always been worried that I wasn't successful with that. Well this weekend I learned that I do have to skills to bridge the gap. I just didn't have the confidence.
On last Saturday, my cousin, Ann, my sister, my parents, and I went to a winery. While at the winery, I had to interpret for everyone there. Well as the night went on I felt more and more confident. During one part of the night, my cousin, sister, and I were enjoying some wine samples and great conversation. While we were in there I shocked myself and came to realize I have great skills! In my mind I was like, "WOW, I can do this!" I keep selling myself short. Well no more!
The last two weekends with my deaf cousins have opened my eyes once again to the skills I possess! I have decided that when I can I want to go back to school and continue to pursue my desire to work more within the deaf community! I just need to come up with the money first...LOL!
In closing, I hope you all never give up on the things you love. My passion for ASL and the Deaf culture is always growing and I continue to want to do something for the community. Deaf Insight was created through my passion I have to teach others about the deaf community. If you ever have a doubt in your ability to do something just immerse yourself in it to see what skills you truly have! That is how I found out that my skills have improved and I have what it takes to take the steps to becoming an interpreter!
A big thanks goes out to my cousins, who have always been great teachers and great inspiration to me. It is because of you that my passion is so strong. :-)
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