Friday 1st November

Today I got a phone call from a friend, saying that she was cutting back her hours at a local Chinese Restaurant. Would I be interested in doing a training night tomorrow for a potential job?

A year ago, there’s no way I would have cheerfully said “Yes” to a job opportunity like this. I barely had the energy for school, let alone anything else. After MLC I was still getting used to the idea of not feeling nervous about life, the universe, and everything in it. My hearing was much improved, but I hadn’t learned the social skills to go with it yet.  Nowadays, however, it’s a different story entirely.

The only problem with the training night could be my hearing. Compared to how I used to be in my bad old Gibberish days, my hearing is amazing. But it’s still a weak area. In a noisy place and if I’m tired, my wonderful new hearing and lip reading will only get me so far. To help with this, and because I wasn’t sure what to expect for training, I downloaded the restaurant’s menu. I spent a while learning names (and googling how to pronounce them) so I know what I’ll be listening for. Apparently Sze Chuan sounds “Setch-Wan”.

Whatever happens tomorrow night, it will be a new experience. I’m a little nervous, but mostly I’m feeling excited.


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