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Monday, November 14, 2005

Deafened: a very quiet short story


Leslie appreciates her hearing. Thus concerned, six months prior, she began wearing ear muffs in the city. [Not just winter ear muffs, they were construction grade - the big plastic yellow ones.] At first she wore them on the bus and on lunch-time walks. She removed them during polite conversation.

Things progressed, however.

She started to wear them to bed. To work. At the swimming pool. As Leslie had not yet learned to lip read, she insisted others write down their messages on a whiteboard she kept. She even considered getting fitted with a (non-functional) hearing aid. Irritated by her incomprehensible behaviour, Leslie isolated herself from those she knew. Leslie sought and made new friends with the Deaf. She will attend her first all-Deaf cruise this February. Wan ears are easily sunburned.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pearl said...

Interesting story. (flash fiction?) It seems allegorical. Attempting to save what we value, we can find something different entirely.

Coincidentally I came across http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/ on ASL today too.

Monday, November 14, 2005 8:20:00 PM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

That ASL link is pretty nifty. Who knew that "Australia" appears to look like you just finished washing your hands.

I didn't see a word for "blog" but I suppose the sign for "journal" would be most appropriate.
-John

Monday, November 14, 2005 9:51:00 PM  

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