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When I was in the seventh grade, we learned some basics of American Sign Language (ASL).
My then-teacher, Mrs. Mildred Wolford whom I absolutely adored, was fluent because her daughter was hearing impaired.
Not only did we learn the alphabet and the lyrics of several popular song but also, of course, all Mass responses as any good Catholic school children would do, natch.
Years later when I met my friends Lizzie and Stephen (both wildly brilliant and completely articulate in and masterful at ASL, having been educated at Gallaudet University), I couldn't help but notice that they wisely taught their hearing son many, many signs from the time he was a little baby. Did I mention he is a gifted chip off the ol' block of wisdom? I digress.
My two favorite signs are, probably unsurprisingly, those for "I Love You" and "Thank You" (which I'm attempting to emulate in the photo here).
And, because I've had my share of figurative beat downs lately (yeeoww!), I am choosing to focus instead on those people in my life who are constantly a source of support, strength, cheer and comfort. I'm shunning the bad and embracing the good; silently shouting my deepest gratitude.
THANK YOU, loyal circle of Peeps; mad love to you all and you know who you are, friends and fam.
This blog...and sign...is for you. #BestFamOnTheThirdRock #ThankYouTrueFriends #IAmBlessed
pS105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 R. (4b) Seek always the face of the Lord. Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. You descendants of Abraham, his servants, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! He, the LORD, is our God; throughout the earth his judgments prevail. Alleluia Mk 1:15 The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel.