I guess I can talk about this now since I actually registered for classes. I’m going back to school. No, I’m not getting my Ph.D. in English or anything related. I’m going to the local community college to learn American Sign Language.
“Why?” you ask. Well, I will tell you.
First of all, dementia runs in my family on my Mother’s side. So, I wanted to find a way to keep learning and exercising my brain. Learning a new language is challenging.
Second, I have horrible hearing. I wear hearing aids, but I’m still saying “What?” or looking at my husband or son with deer in the headlight eyes so they will tell me what someone just said. I figure it can’t hurt to learn sign language.
Third, I want to help others who can’t hear. I want to be able to interpret. I’m going to apply to the interpreter program so I can be a real, certified interpreter. As my advisor told me, it will be really hard and take up a lot of time, but I am going to do this.
So, that’s my big news. Anyone out there know ASL? I’d love tips on resources. Do you have any big news to share?