My wife took the kids to Alabama to visit her family and I decided not to go. I needed some down time to rest, since it seems I am always on the move. My wife wanted to see her brothers and look through her old books and toys, so I didn’t need to be there. I needed time to reflect, have fun and spend some time alone. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but they can be a
handful. Also, my wife would have to interpret for me because I do not want to wear my hearing aids and that would take her focus away from her brothers. So, what did I do with my lonesome self?
Let me tell you . . .
First stop, Sunday morning was church. I rarely go to church now, opting to have a small, family service. Although during my early 20’s I was an Assembly of God minister, I now prefer smaller gatherings and tend to have more progressive beliefs than most of mainstream Christianity. I struggle to find a place where I can understand what the Pastor is saying The music is usually not an issue; I can feel the beat. But the message - forget it. I can’t make out the words, I can’t get close enough to read lips, and so far no nearby church offers captioning or ASl interpreters.
Sunday night, I posted a Facebook message regarding this and I received some interesting feedback from my deaf friends. I learned there are some really good online deaf churches, but you have to know ASL really well. I also learned there are large churches, which I don’t like, that offer assistance but lack adequate technology. I don’t really understand this because there are
a lot of people with hearing loss in the world. If you don’t know ASL at an advanced level or have a church with a deaf ministry, you are home alone on Sunday - just like me.
THIS HAS TO STOP! HOW?
P.S. The next post will be about dating and the single life. Bad news - you have to wait until next week. Trust me. You will not want to miss it.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.