Monday, June 21, 2010

True Story Tuesday: Sign Language Follies Part I

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Does Tuesday always sneak up on you too?  Are you ready for some midweek entertainment?  It’s time for….. True Story Tuesday!  Where we link up with amazing, hilarious, miraculous, outrageous and (mostly) true stories that have happened to you!
 
You’ve probably already written a post that qualifies – dig back or share a recent one.  Anyone have a crazy Father’s Day adventure?  A silly family legend that got retold about good ol’ Dad?  Grab the code beneath the TST button on the sidebar, copy it into your post, come back and add your permalink at the bottom for some comment love!
Thanks for playing!
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This week is brought to you by the deaf chick – who proves that you can get yourself in plenty of trouble when you can’t hear :)

SIGN LANGUAGE FOLLIES:  Part I

So… my mom knows sign language.  My sister too.  And my Dad pretends he doesn’t know it, but when my little sister and I got too rowdy, he suddenly seemed to be able to get his point across with some darn good signing.
They learned sign language after I lost my hearing.  There’s a whole post waiting to be written (and some of you have been sweet to ask) about how I communicate and all the lip-reading/speaking/sign language business.  But for this story, understand that I lip-read decently and sometimes rely on an interpreter to “fill in the blanks” in public situations.
Scene:  At church.  Pastor Steve-O is closing the evening service with announcements and my mother is interpreting for several deaf people sitting in the front row.
So… the service is winding down, but Pastor Steve-O is one of those speed-talkers that crams everything in at the last minute.  The church is gearing up to do a new small groups program:
Purpose Driven Life
We have volunteered to host a group at our home and have invited other deaf friends.  Keep in mind that my sister is also sitting with the group and she.knows.sign.language.
My mother is keeping pace with the blazing narrative coming from the stage  and we are all paying close attention to catch information about the group meetings and where to get the materials:

“So make sure you don’t forget to pick up your DVD in the back after service.”

Pastor Steve-O launches into the next bulletin item, but is quickly interrupted by a sudden commotion.
Every deaf person sitting in the front row has begun signing rapidly between fits of hysterical laughter.
He looks at the front row quizzically but not a one of them is signing anything he can understand.  He looks to my mother for enlightenment, to discover that her face has turned crimson and she is uncharacteristically reluctant to share what the deaf people are animatedly discussing.
Pastor Steve-O looks confused and attempts to continue with the next subject, but cannot help but be drawn to the continuing bouts of uncontrollable laughter and now tears that are wreaking havoc on the entire deaf section.
He asks again, “Was it something I said?  What?  What did I say?”
And again, my mother sits red-faced and stoic… save a slight twitch of her lips.
The congregation is now murmuring and I am aware of a sea of heads turning our direction… but I cannot help the giggles that are escaping as very un-churchlike snorts.

Friends, in an effort to keep up with the Pastor’s spiel, my mother missed one very important step.
letter d letter v letter d
When signing where to pick up the instructional video portion of the study, my poor mother had signed:

“So make sure you don’t forget to pick up your VD in the back after service.”

Did you catch it too?
And that’s all I have to say about that!
In the words of Larry the Cable Guy:  Lord I apologize…

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36 comments:

Julie said...

Hmmm...that be quite the spot to pick up a VD!!! Hilarious. Thanks for the evening laugh!!

lifebythecreek said...

I'm sure it would would be packaged nicely in to go box, with a pamphlet or two as a free extra. Right? heeee... so glad to be let in on the joke... poor pastor!

Foursons said...

Don't know if you meant to publish this already, but it sure is hilarious! I have heard that the best places to pick up a VD is at church- they are cleaner and more holy somehow. Bwahahahahaha. I can only imagine how embarrassed your mother was. Poor thing probably wanted to disappear into the floor.

Rachel said...

Julie? You're kidding?!?! You're the one that razzes me for not publishing the TST by 8pm on Monday nights, hee hee!

Or did you forget that this is Monday night - cuz you've got the summer off an all? ;)

Pam said...

Rachel you tell the funniest stories! I love it....

Mr. Daddy said...

and can you believe my sweet Mother in law actually encouraged me to learn their secret language better this weekend....

I'm not so sure now.....LOL

Foursons said...

Nah, I know it's Monday night because I like to hit the waterpark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when there aren't as many tourists. :)

You have just so reliably always posted on Tuesday mornings before I wake up that I thought maybe you hit PUBLISH before you meant to and didn't realize it.

By the way- I've got mine written already but I need to look at it again tomorrow with a refreshed mind and make sure it is up to snuff.

Rachel said...

Girlie... four words: sleep deprivation - time difference. I usually post Monday nights but we Northwesters go to bed last! :)

Shana said...

HAHAHAHAHA!! That is so funny. I can only imagine the laughter. I know I would crack up for sure.

passionofthemom said...

LMAO Your poor mom...xD That reminds me of those stories that you hear about church bulletin bloopers, and makes me crack up all the more!! GREAT story!! =D

Tiffany said...

Oh your poor mom! That sounds like the time our pastor (Dw) referred to October as Breast Awareness Month. Ahh...the bloopers of the blessed!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Oh my....that's just fantastic!!!

GunDiva said...

What kind of church do you belong to? I've never been in one where I can pick up VD in the back of the church. Or at least not that I know of.

Your poor mom.

Buckeroomama said...

Thanks for the chuckles! :)

I think sign language is such a beautiful language and I have utter respect for the interpreters who are able to keep up so well with fast talkers, especially if they have to finger-spell many of the words!

HeatherOz said...

Ok, giggles AND tears from reading your post and then MORE giggles and tears from reading Julie's 1st comment! Excuse me, I have to go blow my nose!

Dyann said...

Even though it's absolutely funny, I have to side with your Mom on this one. You Deaf people never let us poor interpreters live down the mistakes, do you? ;-D

Mom of M&Ms said...

Okay that was funny....

kneesandpaws said...

Ha ha ha...isn't it wonderful that simple mistakes can generate so much laughter!

Angie said...

Oh my goodness - that was hysterical!!

Today is my first time joining in TST and your newest follower!!

Kmama said...

Hahaha. Love it. I bet your mom was so embarrassed! If only you guys had just kept quiet, no one else would have known. ;-)

He & Me + 3 said...

Darn why could it have not been the last "D" your poor mommy. Too funny. Like the time the girl farted loudly against the wooden pew in church & the whole youth group lost it. My dad from the pulpit was not too happy to say the least. But it was funny. He claims he didn't hear it...but how could you not?
Did she tell your pastor after?

K- floortime lite mama said...

OMG I love it !!!

Bits-n-Pieces said...

oh my..reminds me of the time my bff in high school and I were on a double date, talking in french about how cute my blind date was (her b/f's cousin). after a few minutes, her b/f says "I hate it when they do this. I never know what they are saying." my date replies.."yeh, but I always knew those 4 years of french would come in handy some day!!"

S Club Mama said...

that is too funny! I bet it's really hard to sign so fast.

Jenilee said...

oh wow. what a mistake! and funny! :) I'm joining up today with a very recent true story about my 5 year old!

Aunt Crazy said...

bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha

Beth Zimmerman said...

This reminds me of a story a friend told me. She had miscarried her first baby and when she was pregnant a second time she and her husband went to the altar for prayer. The pastor asked what he could pray with them for and Clayton responded "continued success in the pregnancy." The pastor, who happened to be their friend, dissolved into laughter and couldn't stop. (Such a holy moment!) Turns out he had HEARD "continued sex in the pregnancy." Those little syllables can make a BIG difference!

deepintheheartoftexas2 said...

That is funny and so embrassing for your Mom at the same time. Thanks for sharing it with us.

A MilShelb Mom said...

Hi! I am a new follower. I LOVE the story! thanks for sharing.
~Maggie

wife.mom.nurse said...

sooo funny. Poor mom!

I hope she will be willing to sign for the next service ;)

Tara said...

LOL...I can just picture this happening right now! Missing one letter isn't so bad except in a case like this one.

We have an interpreter in our service also and I don't know how in the world he is able to keep up.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That is a great story!!!

semicrunchymama said...

That is hysterical! I'm sure that was one church service that remained in everyone's memory for quite a long time afterwards!!

Brandi said...

HA! That is the funniest story! Good thing it was the end of the service b/c once you get the giggles like that you just. can't. stop!

brian said...

DVD's are highly communicable...

Abstain from putting your disc into another player, unless you're intimately familiar with the operation of that player.

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