I’ve always been drawn to other cultures, and my best memories always involve food.
This video highlights a restaurant with a new culture for me … and maybe for you. Take a look! Then click the back arrow to return to my blog post.
When I watched this video clip, I was reminded of those initial days of longing to try new foods combined with an atmosphere where I stretched myself to understand and interact in another culture.
Now that I find myself facing dual challenges of hearing and vision loss, I wonder if God didn’t give me that piqued interest of language for just such a time in my life.
How I love communicating in a foreign language! But sometimes I stand on the outskirts of a culture before I jump in and try to interact. In language acquisition, it’s called the silent period. It’s a time of marked observation before the person feels comfortable enough to interact.
I, too, went through a marked silent period in my life. With my hearing loss worsening, I was at a loss for cues. in which I didn’t know where or how I fit in.
But now, I’m ready to participate in and learn more about the deaf culture.
It does my heart good to see people who embrace other cultures. I can feel that fluttery feeling in my heart that means there’s something happening to bridge a gap, and people are growing closer and forging deeper understanding.
I think God gave me a love for new cultures, not just foreign ones but all kinds as part of my make-up. I want to fit in, reach out and draw others in. In fact, don’t we all want to do that?
Part of my fear of the unknown is leaving me and along with it, how I will cope with profound hearing loss. God is replacing that fear by introducing me to situations where I meet other people with all stages of hearing loss. This video is an example of positive outreach and celebrating our strengths.
The restaurant, “Signs,” is located in Toronto. Have you ever visited Toronto? What kinds of restaurants do you like to eat at?
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