I guess I should tell you about the very beginning of my journey for those who don't know. One day a man and a woman who loved each other very much...actually let's fast forward a few decades. It was the summer of 2009 when I met recent Gallaudet grad, Kari Olney through a small group. I learned that she had played basketball in college. (Gotta say, there is nothing like the bond between two athletes that share a love for the same sport.) I suggested through an interpreter that we play some day. She agreed. Now if you've been around me for at least 2.4 seconds, you know I LOVE trash talk. I like to give AND receive it. Blame it on playin streetball growin up and being the fifth of seven siblings. As time passed, I realized I couldn't talk trash to this chick. That's an ESSENTIAL part of the sport!! So when she offered an ASL class at our church starting in September of that year, I took it. Yes, I actually started learning ASL so I could learn to trash talk my teacher when we eventually played ball. (Good thing she didn't ask us why we wanted to learn ASL. She knows now.) I didn't know how quickly I would learn ASL (slowly). I didn't even think I would enjoy it (fell in love with it). We have played ball a few times, the first being about a month or so into the class. We LOVE to compete against each other. I still don't know much true ASL trash talk. I'm sure I'll get there one day, but no rush. I'm enjoying the ride.
I hope you enjoy this blog and look forward to your feedback. Share it with your signer friends regardless of their ASL levels. Whether we are Deaf or hearing, a new signer or born into a signing family, we share one language...or at least we're workin on it.
The first time we played. I WAS the teacher!!!