Can you hear the birds singing?

Inspired by recent GOD post:

Excerpt from: RNId Imagine a world without sound

I used to work in a school with hard of hearing children. We had one girl who came from a family of five. Both her parents were profoundly deaf, as she was. She had a younger brother who was severely deaf and an older sister who was the only hearing member of the family.

One summer morning, she came into the unit and said in a disbelieving voice “My sister says that she hears the birds singing in the morning and it wakes her up. Do you hear the birds singing?” It totally wrung my heart and I vowed never to complain about being woken by them ever again…

The Deaf perspective:

I used to work in a school with hearing children. We had one girl who came from a family of five. Both her parents were hearing, as she was. She had a younger brother who was severely hearing and an older sister who was the only deaf member of the family.

One summer morning, she came into the unit and said in a disbelieving signs “My sister says that she use an under-the-pillow vibrator and it wakes her up. Do you ever get vibrated in the morning?” It totally wrung my heart and I vowed never to complain about being woken by my Silent Alert ever again…

4 thoughts on “Can you hear the birds singing?”

  1. @Tony N: Oh yeah – lot of nice thoughts until the rude awakenings.

    It is effective cos my partner don’t need to be up before me but – as it is so powerful – it wakes her up and, in turn, she wakes me up. It is a failsafe method. 🙂 My poor partner.

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