Today, while my dad spent time with my brother and sister, my mom took me and the twins out to a show.
The show, while wildly different from what we were expecting, was great. It was interactive with the audience, as the actors fed off of what kids yelled out from their seats. It was funny, better than I expected it to be, and I loved watching the interpreters. The best part was that the interpreters were actually included in the show; instead of just standing in the background signing, they acted alongside the actor they were shadowing and were included in the action. It was great!
After the show, the girls got to meet the actors and interpreters and take pictures with them. Everyone was so nice, and the girls especially loved meeting the girl who played Belle. Plus, there was another room in the theater where there was this whole informational thing going on for parents of kids who are deaf or hard of hearing. We got to go in and get a lot of information about resources that my mom can use, and we got to see other kids who had hearing aids. That was something that Twin A was really excited about, and there was even a little boy who had glasses as well, so that made Twin B very happy.
There were games for the kids to play, and everyone was speaking and signing. The girls played a ring toss game where they signed the letters of the alphabet. We ended up buying a book that has sign language in it, and the girls got to do crafts. There were sign language coloring sheets, and lots of things for the girls to take home.... it was a fun-filled afternoon!
My mom wants to keep an eye out for other signing events that may take place locally, because we really want to get involved in these events and make contacts with other people who could help us in this new journey. There's so much to learn about, and we still need to learn way more ASL, but I feel like we're slowly figuring things out. Days like today make this process a lot more fun for the kids.
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