Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What it’s not like


It’s not quiet.

The mind is a funny thing -- creating sounds to match the faces, the instruments, the movements, the emotions.


Dare you.

To tell me you can’t hear it too?






(for the record, I was the only adult remaining outside after 20 minutes of this)










(oh yes you can, I know you can hear those birds)





(in case you can’t hear it… that is the sound of another load of laundry)


While deafness separates you from the daily noise of the world; I find that it is not the music, television, phone, radio, announcements, plays, movies, waves, thunder (and a million other amazing sounds) that I miss.

Instead… it’s the words.


Helen Keller said it best when asked if she would chose to be deaf or blind:

“Blindness separates you from things, deafness separates you from people”


And rather than inspiring a pity party (because I can assure you they are rare around here, though all guests must bring chocolate), it makes me grateful to be alive now.


When I lost my hearing… I found comfort in words.




And thirty (cough cough) years later, I still find comfort in words.




Mr. Daddy had it right when he said that this levels the playing field.  It allows me to be part of the conversations around me and to feel less apart for lack of a better word.  I don’t have to struggle to understand what someone is saying, missing the punchline and pretending it was funny.

And the words back?  Are a treasure.

Laughter and tears often from the same comment.  You guys are amazing.


That last post?  Wasn’t meant to be a downer.  Just to show how different life can be for someone who doesn’t hear.

And this post?  Was meant to show how very much we can be the same.

Thank you for including me friends.




Now, looking back at those pictures… do y’all realize what a NOISY life I have for a deaf person??? ;)



Mom of M&Ms said...

It is so funny, Rachel. My hubby and I were talking about blogs and why they can be such a community to draw near..Why a (mostly) large group of women connect here.. For me it is all of our moves.. and this stays the same.and for the love of words and sharin gin so much god given talent that may have never had a voice. For you, it is words and you give so much of your self and it makes me a better person.. thanks for sharing with us all!

Jenilee said...

what a fun post! yes, I can only imagine the wonderful family sounds :)

Kmama said...

You always seem to have such an upbeat take on life, and I appreciate that. I know that whatever you are going through at the time, that you have positivity through it all.

Reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air.

Susan said...

I agree with Kmama. A breath of fresh air. You are an artist. This post was a perfect composition. It could be framed and hanging in a gallery. Well done, Rachel.

Allenspark Lodge said...

I am not glad you are deaf. NOT. EVEN. A. LITTLE.

But I am glad you can tell us about it so beautifully.


singedwingangel said...

I could imagine the sounds clearly. The laugh one is simply beautiful. All of them are and your perspective on being deaf is a staunch reminder of how precious it is and how quickly things can change

Brandi said...

I totally forget you're deaf. Posts like these always catch me a little off guard b/c I'm like OH, DANG... she can't hear. It really opens my eyes. I'm sure thankful for this place too, though, b/c you're amazing and I'm glad I get the chance to 'know' ya. ;)

Saimi said...

Somehow I missed your last post...Man I need to step it up!! But Wow girl what an inspiration you are and I love your pictorial description!!

I'm glad I found YOU and your blog!

HeatherOz said...

I heard everything through your pictures. You're amazing!

Anonymous said...

It IS amazing; if you didn't TELL me that you are deaf, I would never know. And yet it is the knowing that pulls all of the pieces together, helping me to understand where you're "coming from". And, at the same time, opening my eyes to the fact that while being deaf has an impact on who you are, it does not DEFINE you. You have the BEST sense of humor of anyone that I know; what a shame for someone to miss out because they have to work a little harder to communicate. Or to assume that you just don't "get it". Ha... you GET it alright, girlfriend, and I'm so glad that you help ME to get it, too. Love you many mucho muchimus bunches...

Anonymous said...

You bring up so many good points...I just read your blog here, and I think you're an amazing person!

It's so true, you can look at a picture and hear all the sounds, without even beinging there. :)

robin said...

You have a talent for matching the perfect picture for the point you're making in your posts. I agree with Bill with what he said in the comments! Thanks for sharing with us!

GunDiva said...

I don't think your last post was a pity party - it was educational; made us think.

This post is amazing. You are right - you do have a noisy life. You also have an uncanny ability to capture that life in pictures and words.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Your pictures said it all, my friend!

Beth Zimmerman said...

This was awesome, Rachel! Thank you for sharing with us!

I think blogging levels the playing field for the painfully shy among us too! I would NEVER be able to verbalize some of the things that I have been able to write on my blog. And writing them ... has brought me hope and healing ... community and friendship! Things, blessings, that I didn't even realize how much I was missing, how much I needed, until I got here and found them!

Thank you for being one of my blessings!

Love you!

Foursons said...

This post totally made me smile. Especially the shot of another load of laundry.

I too love hearing my boys laugh. But right now I'm only hearing a very annoying whiney cry from a very tired boy.

stephanie said...

I love how you can hear the sounds in those pictures! Artfully put!

Tamar SB said...

Amen sister! People pitty me for having issues hearing - I tell them that I don't have to worry about sirens in the city waking me up as the roar down the street or annoying car alarms and suddenly my life isn't so bad after all!

Love the pic of your little man and that gong!

And have you heard about the show on ABC family about a deaf girl who was switched at birth - its called (wait for it) switched at birth - I know the episodes are on HULU with captions and there is tons of ASL in it - my mom and I are loving it!!

Tiffany said...

That is exactly what blogging is to me - a place where we can be ourselves and be loved for it.

Anonymous said...

I truly love your pictures of the "noises". They sure speak thousands of words. No pun iintended. :)

Marley's Mama said...

This was a beautiful post. I too had forgotten you are deaf. I really could hear each sound! Awesome!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

well I think I just "listened" to your pictures about 5 times each :) I think the little rock band was my favorite (all I heard was beautiful music from way over here). What a great post - in both words and amazing pictures!

Noelle said...

I could hear everything! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've read through several of your posts and I'm now hooked!

Emmy said...

Okay I am behind so definitely have to go read your last few posts- but yes I could totally "hear" those pictures. Blogging and the community it brings truly is wonderful. Your photography is beautiful.

Stacy said...

It does look like you have plenty of nosiness in your life! I love the pictures of the band and that fact that you were the only adult there to watch them LOL! I love how you are on an equal playing field here, and I must that you excel here. I always get such a kick out of how you express yourself on your blog. :)

Sandi said...

Great posts! I happened upon your site a few weeks ago and your blog posts keep drawing me back.

I also love seeing the photos of your son, he looks so happy.

I wanted to mention, cause I share this with all of the moms I run across, there is a great product that just came out on www.kiddophoto.com for anyone who is getting into photography or wants tips on taking better photos of their kids, or editing, etc. (got the website from a friend who got it from a moms group...etc.)

Anyway...I think they are still doing it since they've only been up a short time, but they were giving a 10% refund if you use code INTRO10 after purchase. Just something to share - I had bought it for my niece and she found the info really helpful.

RaD said...

LOVE IT! And yes I can hear the sounds in every photo.

Thanks for helping us appreciate life!

Shana said...

It is a very noisy life and I think it is amazing the way you explain it. I do have a question though. Do you think your mind creates a noise for things because you used to hear? I just wondered if it is the same for someone who has never heard anything at all. Hmmm. Girl you got me thinking lol. I love you bunches and love all of our conversations. They are the best.

Buckeroomama said...

I love your perspective on things, Rachel --the previous post, this one...

I was laughing at your caption to one of the photos where you said that you were the only adult remaining out there after 20 minutes! =)

Have a wonderful long weekend!

texwisgirl said...

great post. i'm glad you stopped by my blog so i could visit here too. i'll be coming by again soon!!!

beth said...

i could hear what you were saying by the beauty in your photos.....thank you for stopping by my little place in blog land and saying hello. it's nice to meet you !!

K- floortime lite mama said...

You made me cry
Including u is a small thing. You are in my heart

K- floortime lite mama said...

Oh and I mean you made me cr because of feeling moved

NaomiG said...

I love blogging for so many reasons... this being one of them.

The collection of pictures you have here is just priceless!

Love your positive spirit! In order for the sweet to be sweet, we must have the sour, right? I've been thinking about that a lot lately, as I've been dealing with medical problems that have caused me about 20 years of sour. But, God is good, and he has such a great purpose in the trials he gives us.

Thanks for being such an encouragement.

He & Me + 3 said...

I totally could hear those pictures. They were all so fabulous too. What a fun & blessed life you have. I love blogging so much. I have made so many wonderful friendships too.

Teachinfourth said...

I teach my class basic Sign Language every year...one day I know I'll get a student who is deaf in my class.

I can't wait for the challenge/hardship/thrill/younameit.

Julie said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Both of these posts actually. :)

(I changed my blog from A Celebration of Our Journey to www.lifein1000words.blogspot.com ...I can't remember if I've told you that yet or not?!)

Furry Bottoms said...

You are definitely multi-talented-- those pictures are amazing!

You are so right about words. I just never thought of it that way and now that youve mentioned it, it is so so so true. Helen Keller definitely said it too, that deafness separates you from people.

Except on here :)

Anonymous said...

Today is the first time I've come across your blog and I admit to being totally sucked in... I just read this post and wanted to say that you have touched my heart. *fighting tears*. Thank you for reminding me to appreciate all that is available in life to enjoy. I could hear those sounds and thought it was the coolest idea to post pictures and make suggest readers to "hear" the sounds. Then I continued and learned you can't hear the sounds. Thank you for sharing and for reminding me of things I need to be thankful for. sunny101877 @ hotmail

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