Once a month the Deaf community all over this part of Oklahoma gathers at the food court in the mall for “Silent Dinner”. It is a happy time of chatting and seeing far away friends. There is no talking allowed, only sign language. It is a delightful piece of heaven in my heart.
I was so delighted when the Deaf community of Tulsa welcomed my husband as sweetly as they welcomed me years ago when I first moved here between illness and hearing aids and now cochlear implants and married.
It was a happy, happy night, and everyone was so kind. Nathan was so brave! He knows some sign language from when his little sister could not hear, and has learned more with me, but still is practicing. He has come so far, and everyone was happy to teach.
His best kudos of the night was that although he is a new signer, his jokes are “best pure ASL of anyone”, from one of the heroes of the community. He was so proud to make them happy, and so excited to meet everyone!
We had so much fun!
And it is true, in any language, Nathan’s jokes are the best.