I had some time to sit and drink coffee while one of our dogs was having a dental yesterday. Chance ended up minus 13 teeth by the time the morning was over! He’s recovering well, by the way.
I was in a tiny town in rural Nebraska at the local gas station. In spite of that, I was able to use not only English, but Spanish and ASL—American Sign Language!
People often give me weird looks when I say I love languages, but I truly value learning something just because it’s interesting and I can.
I was—and still am—so thrilled that I had the knowledge to communicate in ASL. So few people in this area study it. How lonely life must be for that kind, deaf fellow in that tiny town. His uncle sat with us at the small, round table. He was surprised and happy when I started signing with his nephew. I was sad that so few people ever tried.
The next time someone gives you a strange look when you mention an uncommon interest you are passionate about, don’t let it bother you. Your passion may lead to something wonderful. Learning for the love of knowledge feels amazing. Using what you have learned is truly priceless when you can make another feel less alone.