Wow. I have speaking friends who sign and nearly-deaf friends who don't, and somewhere I think I missed how beautiful the concept is, another way to speak with our bodies. Our need for connection is so strong that we'll reinvent ourselves and our most basic concepts about communication to get it.
Thank you for the story.
Author's Response: Thank you for this comment. It really spoke to me in a lot of ways. (Er, no pun intended.)