Many thanks for the people from Institute and Brookhollow volunteering at this event for a service project! I cried, really, to see so many member friends participating! Especially on Fast Sunday, what a sacrifice!
You can see this Year’s theme was “red carpet”, so everyone got their fancy pictures taken as they came in, and all of us on the board dressed up. It was so fun!
For those who don’t know, this is the annual event of the non-profit United Way agency, TSHA, that serves the Deaf community in Oklahoma. The restaurants in Tulsa donate their soup, breads, and desserts. You buy a ticket to get in, and then eat all you want! It is so fun and yummy to try all the different soups – and over the years we all know our secret favorites!
It is the biggest reunion of the Deaf community, but filled with hearing friends as well. I saw my surgeon, my audiologist, all my favorite terps, and the hearing families and friends of our Deaf friends. It is our favorite gathering of the year, and so yummy!
And this year, I got to tell everyone about Israel! Oh, it was so good to see everyone. The time to chat is like reading the newspaper, where we get the scoop and he news and updates on how everyone is. It is a special time for our community and for those who support our community.
If you have never seen it, you can see below a picture of Deaf interpreting. There is a hearing person speaking on stage, and a hearing interpreter sitting below and across the stage signing what the speaker says. The Deaf interpreter is standing on the stage next to the speaker, interpreting from what the hearing interpreter (sitting) is saying. How fun is that?!
I tried several new soups this year (after fasting was over!), and almost cried when I tasted the lentil soup. It reminded me of Nazareth, and I did suddenly miss my new friends very much! What a special experience!
It was a day of community, and a day of service, and I think that is the happiest a girl can be.