Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Surreal Experience

This morning Griffin woke up just spazzing to use the VRS.

I said, "O.k. I'll call you."

Kind of crazy, but because it's through the computer and has a separate number I can call him and sat there with him. We got connected and I explained to the terp (that's short for interpreter) that we were practicing with a five year old. The call went through. I was sitting in the other room watching but out of Griffin's way and sightline. Here's our very little conversation.

"Hi, Griffin. What are you doing?"

"Mmmmmm, I'm looking out the window. It's very foggy and cloudy."

"Are you ready to go to camp?"

"Let me think . . . yes."

"O.k. let's go."

Here's where the surreal part kicks in. I talk to Griffin all day. Those who know him well, know he talks ALL day. Be it in sign or voice Griffin always has something to say. But it can be very difficult to understand exactly what he's saying. My signing is getting better, but he signs little kid sign. Just as hearing kids don't always say things correctly, deaf kids don't always sign things correctly. Through the terp we communicated. Neither of us had to say, "What?" or "Sign that again." We just had our very tiny conversation. Blew me away in a weird way.

By the way, if you don't know what I'm talking about check out yesterday's blog.

1 comment:

Heather Leigh said...

So, does the VRS have a different phone number? Can you call a person on a VRS phone from a non-VRS phone. Oh wait a minute, DUH, I think that's how you practiced! Cool.