Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Surreal Busride Home

Strange what one notices on the bus, especially when sitting up front...

Ever since I have reached my rather exalted age, I've made a point of sitting in the first seats on the bus, which in Israel are reserved for the "elderly and handicapped" when they aren't occupied.

One of my favorite things is to look out from the large clear front window, especially since in our "protected" buses, the side passengers windows are quite often so scratched up all you see is grey. There are bus drivers who are very friendly, and those who are the opposite. Talking to nearby passengers helps them stay awake.

Last night, the young woman in the seat opposite me was very busy talking to the driver. It was obvious that they knew each other in real life by her using his name and referring to his family. Suddenly I realized that his replies to her weren't verbal. He was "signing." And she was replying to his rapid and expressive hand movements.
"Could the bus driver be deaf?" I wondered.
She barely stopped talking for a second, and he had no way to lip read. He couldn't be deaf I realized. My mind began to imagine possible causes. Had he been somehow injured, shot in the face in a way to prevent easy speech? Or could the cause of this need to sign be from a congenital problem? My mind was racing. But, I remembered, he had answer passengers who had asked about the route and fare. Suddenly, soon before I reached my stop, he began to respond to her verbally.

There's still a mystery, but now it just seems that they both are competent and comfortable with the deaf's signing.

4 comments:

Rickismom said...

Maybe SHEwas deaf?? So he signed to her , but she knew how to talk.
OR apparently, it is common in one of their families/

Batya Medad said...

I am not a fiction writet but this may be a narrative I can imagine...

David Tzohar said...

Maybe they just didnt want to talk out loud, to keep their conversation private sinc e they both knew signlanguage.

Batya Medad said...

She did not talking but his reactions/ responses were greek to me.