#Silent Dinner

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.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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