Magic at The Cafe
--by DANCE, posted May 20, 2017
Well, magic did happen. I heard a man who was speaking with difficulty and very loud. I noticed he could not do so clearly and he had some kind of impairment. As it often happens people looked at him-or avoid doing so-and then-as if embarrassed or afraid-looked down. In these cases I try to do the opposite. I imagined a person in these circumstances would want to feel included and not excluded.
So I decided to deliberately look at him and smile. It was an instant! He looked at me, smiled and immediately said 'hello'. With a combination of spoken and body language he asked if he could approach me. I agreed. He introduced me to his friend and explained that they were both deaf and one of them taught sign language online. He even told me about his wife and how he loved teaching. I apologized for not knowing myself sign language and hoped I'd learnt. We still managed to have a beautiful 'conversation' which made us all very happy. I'm sure we'll meet again. The magic of being and being with others.