When You’re The Only Deaf Person At Holiday Parties (American Sign Language Vlog) | Rikki Poynter
October 14, 2019
[INTRO] Hey there! Like my outfit? So, Christmas and the holidays
are going to be here very soon, which means parties, events, family parties and events. Everyone shares stories, laughing together, being happy. But, sometimes, if you’re the only deaf person at a party filled with hearing people, it can feel a little lonely. Maybe there’s a way to fix that. Or two ways. So, here’s how to be deaf at parties with your hearing families. One, if you’re of legal age, drink a lot of alcohol. Sometimes, hearing people get a little annoyed if you don’t understand them and you’re always asking them to repeat themselves. Sometimes, they sigh and then go, “Never mind.” Which is a huge no-no. But if you’re drunk, sometimes it’s easier. They’ll think, “Oh, she’s just drunk. It’s fine!” But alcohol helps. I would know. Whenever I go to my boyfriend’s parent’s houses for holiday parties, I’m drunk on wine. Two, sign or talk a lot. You do all the talking (or signing). Then maybe they’ll go away. But you know when they keep on talking forever and telling their stories and you’re like… You try to lipread but it’s just not working. You keep looking but you don’t understand what they’re saying, which is normal. But if you do all the talking, they don’t have any time to say anything! So tell a very long story and you don’t have to worry about understanding them. But, seriously, it can be difficult to be the only deaf person at a party with hearing family. The holidays can be hard. Sometimes, families are awesome and they help with communication, but not always. We try to communicate with pen and paper, or typing on the phone, but they’re like, “Oh, no. It’s fine. Never mind,” and walk away. This video was meant to be funny, so hopefully, you laughed at least a little bit. Remember, if you’re not of legal age, don’t drink. If your parents say it’s fine and they’re supervising you, fine. But if you’re not of legal age, that’s bad! If you want to follow me on social media, links down below. If you want to support on Patreon, link down below. You’ll be helping support my content. I upload videos every Monday and Thursday, so subscribe. I’ll see you later. Bye!