Road to LaPorte - Fall 2012 Personal/Instagram
I believe my path has changed to where it crashed into me headlong.
Changes are necessary even if it may test our brain's plasticity. I will be heading to D.C. in a few weeks to start the on-campus courses for my masters in Sign Language Education. My son is graduating from preschool tonight and will head with me to LaPorte next year. My daughter will remain in the E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool (open for deaf, hard of hearing, coda, soda and hearing who use ASL/English (bilingual), local).
Summer ends my first foray into teaching high school, nonetheless it has been challenging as a teacher with a different set of brains and maturity. This is one of the reasons why I am rushing along into the masters field - anything that will benefit me and benefit my students, peers, friends and family, as well as the community at large.
Robert Frost said it in his poem The Road Not Taken: "I took the path less traveled by and it has made all the difference." Sometimes those paths take us unawares, yet fascinate us with exploration, experience, experiments and spirituality. Parents like mine who have taken our differences in stride, willingly walk on that less traveled path when called upon to do so.
My mother passed from breast cancer almost three years ago and it has been hard without her, especially having children myself and thankful for a great mother-in-law. That quick change in the path of my family, who has for so long relied on my mother for communication, has shifted to where we all communicate, yes my siblings do sign compared to when I was growing up, now that my husband is deaf, they are willing to learn - brats (with love).
I often read various posts, articles, or blogs; when I can, my heart warms up when I see families willingly take that path less traveled and make a difference not only for their child but for the whole family, encompassing what we are born into and what we inherit through our communities and peoples.
Do we desire to travel the well-worn path or do we want to challenge the unknown and make our whole lives something difference shines upon?
Robert Frost's Poem The Path Not Taken
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.