David does drama productions for children.
He is also learning sign language. Recently, he got to combine the two when a group of deaf children took to the stage to perform a show – in sign!
The audience were enchanted and applauded at the end, but the theatre was dark and many people’s hands just couldn’t be seen. The children stood for a while, then turned to file off-stage.
But David stopped them and explained to the audience the sign equivalent of applause was waving hands in the air. When the children saw the second round of “applause” their faces just lit up.
If we want to let others know how we are feeling, we need to talk in their language, and the first thing we might learn in any language is appreciation.