Before my parents had children, my mom was a sign language teacher for the deaf for grades K-12 and my parents fostered two deaf teenagers (at independent times). When my older sister and I were growing up, my mom used to teach us sign language and by the time I was in middle school, I was getting close to being fluent. I loved going out and about with my sister and using Sign to communicate instead of verbal English. It’s interesting what we heard when people thought we were deaf. My sister is 3 years older than I am, so when she left for college I no longer had a buddy to practice with all the time, and you know what they say “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. True story. I used to practice to songs on the radio to keep it fresh. Let me tell you, I can sign “Heal the World” (Michael Jackson) and “I Want It That Way” (Back Street Boys) like a pro.

Though my use of Sign language dwindled away over the years, my love for it hasn’t changed. In college, I was disappointed when I couldn’t fit an Intro Sign language class into my schedule or the semester that I could, a class wasn’t offered. I searched online for local Sign language classes to no avail. I wanted to volunteer at a local foster home for the deaf near my place here in CO, but there was no need for me at the time, so that option fell through, too. Oh well, I thought, maybe someday

Earlier this month I was reading the university’s student bulletin, and to my pleasant surprise, I saw that a Sign language class was being offered to graduate students and staff!!! Without any hesitation I signed up for the class!  I told one of my lab mates and she signed up with me too! Monday was our first class and the teacher is great. The class meets for only 8 short weeks, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6. I’m so excited to use my Sign language again… and I can’t wait to go again tonight!


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