Even though it’s really hard being Deaf at times, if I could choose to be hearing, I wouldn’t. Let me tell you what I love about being Deaf.
- I can claim sign language – the most beautiful and expressive language ever – as my own, and use it whenever I want. I can sign songs, and that is visual poetry, I tell you.
- I can sleep through anything.
- Snoring doesn’t bother me.
- When I work with power tools, I don’t need to wear earmuffs.
- I can go shopping in complete silence if I take off my hearing aids. No couples bickering, children’s tantrums, blaring announcements or background music.
- In noisy environments, I am serene.
- I have a fantastic visual memory and am very observant.
- I’m granted an automatic passport to the Deaf community.
- People give me free things, discounts and little extras all the time.
- I read peoples’ faces and body language better than most.
- I communicate well with people who don’t speak English, as I know how to get messages through visually.
- Everyone remembers me.
- When I meet others who are ‘different’ in some way, we share an instant kinship and openness with one another.
- I can get away with almost anything by smiling sweetly.
- I can ignore you when you speak and you’ll never suspect I heard.
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By the way, the painting is part of my exhibition, Looking Out, Looking In, at Cam’s Cafe Gallery at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne until 28th Sept, and it’s available here.