On November 20 of 2012, I wrote this because I’ve always been frustrated by gatherings because of my hearing loss.
AVA -The Audio Visual Accessibility app has changed this. I’ll be able to sit outside around the campfire and understand the stories. I’ll be able to participate in family board games without feeling like a burden. I’ll be part of life!
Do you even understand how grateful I am?
I’m sharing my journal posts again because sometime I need to remind myself..and others of what I’m thankful for
“I may not always understand every word you say, but I will always understand how you make me feel. I may misunderstand your words sometimes, but I will never
misunderstand your patience and kindness. I may need to stand closer than others do. but I do it so I can understand you better… The way I look at you is on purpose.. so I can read your lips, see your expression and follow your body language -it is all part of the way I communicate. Please, don’t insult me by saying ” never mind” if I ask you to repeat…and don’t give me the “readers digest” version of the story. Please, let me turn the lights on, let me look at you.. choose a table where I can be part of things… or don’t ask me to come…. Look straight at me, get close, talk and I promise to listen with my full attention… because that is what you deserve and what I do too. .Just in time for Thanksgiving… this is for all those who make me feel valued.. and those that don’t..”