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Understanding – #AtoZ Challenge


You know when your toddler learned a new word a few days ago and then tries to say it again, but can’t quite pronounce it? Even though you ask him or her to repeat it, a lot of the time you still can’t figure out what he or she is trying to say, right? It’s like that for me every single day.

The Deaf school that my son, Alex, attends is a godsend in many ways. But he comes home with a heightened vocabulary that I just can’t comprehend. And it’s not as though I can look it up. I can find words I want to sign because I know how they are spelt. But finding a sign in the dictionary when you don’t know what the sign is, is like trying to figure out what written Chinese means.

So Alex dumbs it down for me. For instance, he was trying to explain to me the other day that his friend had invited him over to his place to play. But I didn’t know the sign “invited.” I got the friend’s name, (which is a task all on its own, because names are invented by Deaf people on a person to person basis) and I got the sign for “go” and “house.” While I was trying to tell Alex he couldn’t go, he was signing, “I was invited.” Seeing that Mom wasn’t understanding him, yet again, he went the long way around.

Alex: [Friend’s] mom talked to [friend], told me fine, [friend] asked me to go to his house.

Me: [Friend’s] mom said okay you go?

Alex: Yes.

It’s like living with a game of charades.

My A to Z theme concerns the joys and challenges of being the hearing mother of my Deaf son, Alex. To learn more about his beginnings in life, click here to go to my first A to Z entry.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

17 thoughts on “Understanding – #AtoZ Challenge

  1. I’m sure your acting skills are almost as important as your signing skills at times.


  2. Rading this series, it sounds like quite two-way street you guys have going. Each, trying to help the other. It sounds like a great, and very special relationship. Thank you so much for sharing with us.


  3. Oh God! I don’t want to think how it must be for him… His spirit is amazing!


  4. It’s good that he recognises the need to make allowances for the hard of thinking.


  5. How interesting. I’ve never thought of it that way before. I always thought of ASL as just another language like French. But really, it has a set of challenges way different! Thank you for sharing!


    • I think we all assume the same until we’re put in a situation where we have to deal with it daily. I, myself, had no idea what I was in for. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Thanks for the comment, and you’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. You son sounds like a great kid! Hope he has fun with his friend/


  7. Oh, my, and he’s at an age where he still wants you to understand what he’s saying! Good luck, Linda.


  8. I can only imagine the frustrations…!


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