There are so many things we can do to succeed in our lives as deaf individuals just like everyone else. For an example, there is primitive camping with a group of deaf adults and hearing children. My daughter and I were invited to a camping trip with my 3 friends and their children. There were 8 deaf adults, one deaf toddler, and 4 hearing children. It also was my daughter’s first camping trip. In addition, I could say it was my first time as a camper on my own. I was always with someone helping me. This time, I am a single mom and I did everything on my own that I didn't imagine myself doing. As a matter of fact, I have always been a very independent person. That has made me very proud of myself. I had learned how to set up my tent for the first time in my life with help of a friend and my daughter. I felt it is very important to teach children every necessity of survival and importance of independence in their lives. Anyways, we went tubing on the river. The water was very cold and refreshing. We floated in our tubes and explored underwater with our goggles and snorkels.
We saw some amazing fish, gars, and manatees and there were some scuba divers who sat in a cave underwater! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen that the nature intended. It was time to go back to our tents before the sun set. We started our own bonfire then sat around it doing what we love, chatting! We also cooked hot dogs and smores on the sticks over the fire. It was somewhat difficult keeping the fire going due to the wood that had gotten wet from the rain earlier in the day. We managed to see each other with our lanterns as best as we could. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable. Then, it was time for us to go to our tents. We all went to sleep and there weren't any disturbances at all. I thought we could be the only ones that may have slept through the night peacefully. :) We were not awakened by any animal noises and didn't even hear any rainfall. I woke up when the sun rose and when I got out I saw that it had rained by the look of wet grass, sand, and there were some water drops on our tents. Wow! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be with things I was told of the others’ bad experiences. We all survived with no problems at all on our own. I began to wonder about what experiences and challenges hearing people faced on their camping trip? I could say I can imagine some of them. Share your comments!
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown