As a little girl, I grew up not being able to communicate with some of my relatives, neighbors, and other hearing people. We found a way to work together to communicate such as writing on a piece of paper or asking someone who knew sign languages to interpret for us. We have managed to entertain each other without the spoken words by using our body languages. We can just sit and say nothing and develop our own special bonds. There are some days where I was very bored, feeling left out and not included in the conservations. It has always been a huge challenge for me but I began to feel somewhat grateful for that to happen. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't know how to survive on my own when I got older. There are many good and bad sides to my challenges in life but there are always challenges in everything that we do and this is just one of them for me. Everyone has their own unique challenges that molded them into where and what they are today. If the world was perfect, we would have never learned and it would have been pointless. I am able to face any type of challenges and overcome them myself. It just takes a lot of patience and determination to fulfill yourself. No matter what you are or who you are, you can do anything!
As a young and only deaf person in the family, I always heard, "It is not important" , "You won't understand", "I will tell you later", and "Don't worry about it." I hated how people were having conservations and not including me. I may smile and seem happy but I was miserable inside. I entertain myself by looking at photo albums or playing games by myself or anything that's around me for me to do, alone. They are laughing and having fun, but neglecting me, or a deaf person that's around them. That's selfish. On the contrary, when there were only hearing people around us deaf people, we would try to involve them by teaching them sign languages and trying to socialize as much as possible with that person so she/he would not feel left out. We seem to recognize that because we are mostly in the same shoes at home or in the public so we know how a hearing person feels in a deaf crowd. Some hearing people do not realize that and put that into consideration for the lonesome deaf person in the family or crowds.
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