An Aussie courier delivered a parcel to my house this morning, and in the course of small talk, noticed my hearing aids.
I’m ok with that. I mentioned I come from a deaf family, and used lipreading and sign language as a young pup, hoping to enlighten him (in some small way) about deaf life.
“Do you ever get pissed off with your parents because they gave you it?”
What?! Well… no, d***h***!
Firstly, because I’m positive about deaf people being able to do anything a hearing person can. About the great deaf people I know, and the language, understanding and culture we share.
Secondly, for the more obvious reason that if my parents hadn’t had kids out of worry we’d be deaf, I wouldn’t be alive, standing here, talking to you today.
And you’d have no-one to deliver a parcel to.
Which might have been for the best, thinking about it.
On balance, not a good week for Australians and deaf awareness.