I have been graciously accepted by the deaf community here in Xela. They describe me as someone who just kind of dropped out of nowhere. I didn't know Guatemala sign language so I caused some confusion. At first, they didn't understand that I can hear.
We exchange big hugs every time we meet and say goodbye. Greetings are beautifully exchanged by everyone in Guatemala, but with the deaf, the hug is a bit longer, a bit warmer.
The message is, "I don't know when I'll see you next. I'll think of you. You must take good care of yourself."