Deaf/Hearing Teams: It’s not a relay-race. It’s a dance.
Don’t hang a rough appointment around the neck of your struggling team like a scarlet letter.
There are any number of reasons they are having a hard day. Some are obvious, others are not.
Step up for them today.
Because someday it will be your turn.
Your Team is there for you. Whether sitting right next to you or VRI teaming from opposite ends of the country, your team is there for you.
You know them. You’ve said them. Usually with the same vocal inflection employed by Bob the Tomato when he says, “like butter on a bald monkey.”
Interpreterisms are always best when it is just possible that they are accurate interpretations.
Some of the best I’ve heard:
“It takes a mighty big dog to weigh a ton.” (It was said with such conviction).
(Misunderstanding a local sign for ‘prefer’) “aaaaannnnnd then a squirrel jumped up and bit me on the head?”
“I couldn’t wear the ice cream home or my mother would know I’d been with a boy.”
“It’s a kind of, it’s a thing where, it’s, it’s, it’s a, I don’t know what it is.”
“And then I wondered if I… swallowed the… Er… ate the… soap?”
What are your favorites?
Eventually every interpreter will take one, for the Team. Today it was my turn. You’re welcome. Tomorrow it may be yours. Thank you in advance.
If your team is walking backwards while interpreting for a tour, it is your responsibility to make sure they don’t trip over anything, fall down any stairs or smash into any walls.