My Fumbling Hands-A Poem About Learning Sign Language


My fumbling hands are going to be the death of me.

You see I need them to communicate with my baby.

He uses sign language to say what you and I speak.

So I have to learn it and learn it quick.


With my fumbling hands going to and fro

Not sure which way to go

I get so confused at times

So much so that I have to stop and rewind


He seems to catch on so fast

He learns it once and it is there to last.

I forget one sign to the next

I hope there is not going to be a test.


Sometimes he looks at me like I am a dummy

Then I realize that was not the sign for shoe but mommy

He laughs at my mistake

But then shows me which sign to make


My fumbling hands are going to be the death of me

Or maybe the death of the whole family

We are learning it for his sake

But I have to admit that I would much rather play with a rake


Then have to learn all of the little signs

 Which one for green?  Is that for bee hive?

I know someday it will come with such ease

But until then my fumbling hands are going to be the death of me.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

This is such a nice way to put otherwise frustrating thoughts and feelings "out there." Thanks for sharing, ChristinaScibona! I hope sign language will start feeling comfortable and "usual" for you soon so that you may communicate easily and effortlessly with your son ASAP.

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ChristinaScibona 6 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes Author

Thanks mythbuster...I do have the knowledge of quite a few signs, but now it is a matter of putting them all together to make sentences!

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Good job. Made me think a great deal about how difficult it would be for me to learn sign language. I am amazed whenever I watch someone signing.

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aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

I know i posted this on another hub of yours but ill say it again . You are a mom of the highest order. Sharing your experience trough your writing so that other moms can draw from your strengths makes you a person that leads trough example.You have my respect. And ear.


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ChristinaScibona 6 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes Author

Your comments mean a lot to me aware. Thanks for reading!

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kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

Good one.Thanks

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Mysticalmoon 5 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

Yes, sign language is a struggle. However, your little one is bring you a skill that many of us dream of having one day.

Hug your little one for me and tell him Good Job at teaching mommy a new skill.

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