Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chance's thoughts on growing up being deaf and wearing implants

I was going through the house sorting papers, when I came across a little gem of a note written by Chance about how he feels about being deaf.  I don't know the year, but here is the list exactly as he wrote it:

Good:

1. I can take them off whenever I want.

2. I can tell most of the time who is flirting with me.

3. I can make jokes about deaf people.

4. I can use it as an excuse not to hear when I don't want to.

5. Get more specialty features.

Bad:

1. Not being able to sing

2. Teachers give me too much attention.

There it is, insight into Chance's thought process. I am glad he wrote these things down on a piece of paper from our game Cranium, and that the paper made it back out to see the light again.

I asked Chance how he felt about the list now, and this is what he said:

"The bad things in this list are pretty accurate, maybe one more bad thing. But the good things in this list, are a very small portion or sliver of all of the good things that come from being deaf. For example, if anyone is playing music that is not country music, I can take my implants off as needed."