A couple of weeks ago I had a very vivid dream… I dreamt that the check-out girl at Sainsbury’s had learnt sign language. In my dream I was incredibly excited and happy about this. Now smiling flower and I could go to the shops and she would be able to talk to someone, even though it would only be for two minutes whilst the groceries passed through the scanner.
When I woke up I felt sad about my happy dream. I think because I thought about how isolated we can feel, bringing up our little girl in a place where so few speak her language. It seemed a bit extreme, in the cold light of day, to be so excited about a check out encounter that would be so brief and not very frequent. Especially as they have now introduced ‘self checkout’!
Later that week I met Richard who runs a very unique art cafe and gig venue (The Drawingroom) in Chesham. I wanted to ask him if it would be possible to hire out the Drawingroom for a gig to raise money towards our level 2 BSL fees, which will be in excess of £1000 for us both. I felt nervous going to meet him. I hate asking people for things, being shy and far too self reliant for my own good. Anyway, it was worth the trepidation; I came away amazed by kindness. Richard is totally on board and has been incredibly generous with his venue. He also believes he has enough contacts to help us well on the way to our target. Smiling flower, oblivious to the tumult of emotion whizzing through her Mum, stood stroking Taya the Drawingroom labrador; her first proper and incredibly positive experience of a canine friend.
As we walked away I felt elated. I knew the Drawingroom was special, which was why it was top of my list. But Richard has gone completely beyond what I was asking for. Reality far surpassed my dream… I’ve only lived in Chesham 3 years but this makes me feel part of community in a significant way.
If you are local to Chesham, and would like to experience something decidedly different on a Sunday afternoon watch this space. There will be music, signing, maybe poetry, maybe some awesome drums, BBQ and more… 15th May.