I love when people sign things in normal settings. The other day, I was on the phone when a contractor was leaving our office, and when I waved goodbye, he signed back, “thank you.”
Maybe he took a class, maybe he discovered that signing is the best way to communicate across a noisy room. But maybe he has a child or a relative or a friend who is deaf or developmentally challenged, so he signs instinctively. Maybe it’s selfish to think that way, as though I’m wishing for people to have face huge challenges, but it makes me feel like my brother (he learned to sign as an infant, people with Downs tend to learn to speak later in childhood) and other people I love are less alone.
Reasons to learn to sign even if you don’t “have to”: 1. teaching your child sign language before s/he can talk means less screaming, because they’re not frustrated when you don’t understand what they want. 2. it really is the best way to talk across a loud room. 3. it’s sort of a secret language
“I am proud of you,” Stephon signed to the president.
Not missing a beat, President Obama signed back: “Thank you.”
My sister also has Down Syndrome, and signing is one of her stronger communication skills, as she gets very frustrated when you don’t understand her words. She invented a lot of signs on her own, though. Things that made sense to her but aren’t part of ASL.
I’m particularly fond of signing “I love you.” Anyone worth saying those words to, I’ve taught the sign, because sometimes you can’t be heard but want to show that support. It’s a very easy sign. So easy, a mutant koala could do it.
“Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non-included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it.”—Amy Poehler (via sindee)
"Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician." - Jeff Cooper, as posted by @Guns_com
Owning a gun does not make you a marksman, that is true. Yet you hear about people who through misbehavior and hijinks, get shot by a dog on a hunting trip. You don’t hear about a dog accidentally performing covers of Jimi Hendrix when he paws at a guitar.
And I don’t think in armed robberies, anyone stops to ask the criminal “Are you a gun owner in the lame high schooler playing guitar in his garage until he’s bored with it way? Or are you armed in the Eric Clapton way?”