The hubby tossed me the "Perspective" section of the Chicago Tribune this morning. I almost never read this section of the newspaper but today, there was a side shot of a cute four-year-old girl sporting a hearing aid with a swirly pink and blue earmold.
Hear and Now? is written by Julie Vassilatos, a mom in Hyde Park, Illinois. She recounts the family's journey of getting a diagnosis and finally fitting her daughter, Angeliki, with hearing aids. Or "hearing maids," as her daughter describes them. Or perhaps it is "hearing mades," her mom shares.
"Strangely, Angeliki doesn't always want to hear as much as I want her to," Julie writes. "Who wouldn't love to hear everything better all the time?"
But I have say this-- Julie is quick to understand. She goes on to explain how hearing aids amplify everything, and that hearing is exhausting work. "And it makes a little child sleepy and cranky," she says.
As I'm typing this, my son is at the computer next to me with his rap music cranked up loudly. "Hey Mom," he says, "Go put your hearing aids on. I want to share this new song that I downloaded."
No thanks, honey. The silence is bliss this morning.