Deaf Culture and tidbits
At airport, a woman arrived at the waiting lounge where all seats were full, so she stood waiting. A man behind her spoke to her, but he felt ignored. From time to time, she turned and looked around, noticing the man who looked at her. She turned back. Apparently, he spoke again and again a few times.
When it was time for boarding, the man stamped passing her who sensed an aura of fume around him. She later joined the line as one of the last passengers. Inside the airplane, she found her seat number. The window seat was occupied and the middle seat was occupied by the very same man! The woman noticed the startled eyes in the man's eyes. As she casually put her bag in the storage bin, the man was thinking, "Oh, that. would. be. very. interesting. to see how this snobbish woman would respond when I'm speaking to her sitting right next to me. That would be all unavoidable."
The woman sat, waiting for the takeoff. She casually looked around, occasionally turned to look at the window a few seats away. She sensed the man speaking to him. She slowly turned her head out of her peripheral vision to avoid a direct eye contact. Out of peripheral vision, he seemed to be talking; she turned and looked at the moving lips. She spoke in ASL, "I manually-speak ASL." The man was enlightened. He gestured, "You deaf?"
For the rest of the flight, they conversed by typing on their smartphones back and forth, where he confessed his experience to her. They laughed. If it weren't for the fate of them sitting together, he would be forever offended and she would be forever unaware.
Lesson? Don't assume or judge. Let grudge go (even if our seats were not adjacent).