"YOUNG! Wow, what a young Interpreter," taps friend to get their attention and says, "Look at the interpreter, so YOUNG!!" It's not only videophone users, I still regularly get asked for my ID when buying alcohol although I've been of legal age for almost 5 years. What often follows people's shock at my age, is something like this, "Hey, my kids are fluent in Sign Language.. Can they get a job? How??"
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A few months ago I was hit with the most simple, but penetrating question any child of deaf parents can be asked. I didn't realize that by answering I was exposing the color of my soul. After reflecting on the question it's fair to say it should perhaps be asked to every self-respecting member of the Deaf community. My wife and I sat down for a chat with an older deaf couple, when the husband blindsided me with, "Do you use captions when watching TV?" I paused for a moment, trying to discern what his angle was in asking me this off-the-wall question. Before I could respond my wife interrupted, "YES! He does! ALWAYS!" This man then looked at me with eyes as if I was his own son, and replied "I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you."