Taken a few weeks ago in beautiful downtown Portland.
I approached Antonia and asked if I could talk with her for a moment. She responded with the ASL (American SIgn Language) sign for “yes.” I asked if I could sit down next to her at the bus stop. She signed “Yes.” I wasn’t sure how this would go, but I went ahead and began to talk.
She answered. This time she spoke. “People assume that if you can talk, you can hear. But I am deaf with a capital D. I have Muniere’s Disease, which made me go deaf six years ago. I taught myself how to sign and to read lips, but my family and friends don’t know how to sign, and people tend to turn their heads away while they are talking so I can’t see them when they talk. I mostly hang out in the deaf community.”
We were so engaged in conversation that suddenly her bus had arrived and I realized I hadn’t taken her picture. I scrambled to take the photo, hardly looking through the viewfinder. She gestured toward me and said, “I want you to take my picture like this!”
Another nice morning in #Portland. #PDX
p-town see you in a few weeks - planning with the @tannergoods field guide and a @stumptowncoffee cold brewed #stubbie #pdx #ripcity (at Jane)
#samebridgedifferentday #bluesky #sunshine #portland #oregon #bridge #suspensionbridge #arches #architecture #pdx #stjohns #stjohnsbridge
#pdx #portland #weather #loveit
Took a walk over the Ross Island Bridge.