Deaf Event Exprerience

             This is my second year attending a Deaf event for my American Sign Language class. On Friday, April 9th 2004, I went to the Block where a Deaf event was going on in a Starbucks shop. The get-together occurs every second Friday of the month. I had just gotten out of the movies with my friends since we had gone to see Mean Girls. We got out around 9:00 PM and as soon as we were outside, my friends yanked my shirt and yelled out “Yen, they’re signing!”. One of my friends, Ally, tells me that she is fascinated my Sign Language because she likes the idea of being able to communicate without words. My three other friends that I went with, Mayra, Vivian and Vy, also find it interesting so they all wanted to come with me when I told them that I was going to go. When we got in there, everyone was signing like crazy and having such a good time. I don’t exactly remember how I felt when I went to the Deaf even last year but it was overwhelming to see all the signing for me then. My friends were all pushing me to go talk to someone but I told them I didn’t want to cut in the middle of their conversations. Right then, out of the corner of my eyes, I saw a little girl sitting on a table all by herself and she was looking really sad. I went over to her and said hi and introduced myself. I asked her what was wrong and why she was sitting all by herself. After patiently waiting for me to finish signing because I was kind of nervous since all my friends were looking at me curiously, she informed me that she was tired from walking too much so she decided to sit there and wait for her mom to come back. Then I asked her how long she has been waiting and she answered almost one hour. Meanwhile, I could tell that my friends really wanted to know what was going on but I did not tell them because I learned that it is rude to look away and talk when a person is signing to you. So I told the little girl that I will stay and talk wi

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