A 5-year-old girl wanted her deaf parents to enjoy the Christmas show she was participating in. So, she signs their Christmas songs enthusiastically.
5-Year-Old Girl Signs
In 2013, Claire Koch from Clearwater, Florida, melted people’s hearts when her mother posted a video of her on the internet. The 3-minute video showed Claire as part of a Kids’ Holiday Concert. The 5-year-old stood out from the rest because of her beaming appearance and her diligence in signing the songs for her deaf parents, Thomas and Lori.
Although Claire has full hearing, she has learned American Sign Language from her early years. Through this, she can communicate fluently with Thomas and Lori. According to Claire, sign language is “easy for her.”
Lori confessed that they did not ask Claire to interpret the songs for them. But, Claire’s heart showed how she loved her parents by signing throughout the concert even though the class has already choreographed moves for every song.
She would look over to her parents most of the time, entertaining them with her animated facial expressions. And she made sure that she signed every lyric of the song. But she does this easily and with gusto.
USA Today reported that Claire wanted to make sure her parents knew exactly what she was saying. She said, “I wanted my whole family to understand me.”
And her desire did not go unnoticed when the world applauded Claire’s passion. When Lori uploaded the video, immediately, Claire became an internet sensation overnight.
Lori said through an interpreter, “I was expecting it to become popular on Facebook with maybe my friends. I did not expect it would go viral.”
The video has garnered more than 10 million views and has brought cheers to many KODA or Kids of Deaf Adults. Until today, Claire continually inspires the world.