So, I did it! I took the plunge. No, I didn't get married. Don't worry, there's not some guy who is condemned to suffer through my quirks and ADHD for the rest of his life...yet. I mean I signed the song during church.
I did a duet with Kari. One of my friends was going to record it on her phone, but arrived just as we finished the song. Kari and I arrived early so we could practice. I realized that I wasn't prepared. I knew the signs, but I didn't know the words well enough. Who'da thunk my English would be more of a problem than my ASL?! I'd met with Kari Tuesday when I picked the song I would perform and we practiced a bit. The words were easy so I figured rehearsing right before service would be enough. I think I planned to be able to look at the screen for the lyrics. Now that I think about it, that was the WRONG attitude to have, anyway! I should've done my best to prepare. I think I did ok.
A couple people congratulated me afterward. I think Vondell had the most honest comment. He said, "You looked like 'What am I doing up here?'" So, I fulfilled my promise. Even though I did it on the last day of 2011, it was a beginning, not an end. See, the "sort of" in the title means this is just one step. I know I will be challenged to do more. One comment led me to start learning ASL when I asked Kari if she wanted to play basketball someday(see "Beginnings" post) and opened my eyes to a different world. One comment led me to take it to the next level (see MY BIG MOUTH post) and who knows what's next?!