Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I decided to allow all comments without moderating them beforehand...interesting experience.
*Things that make me go, hmmmmm.*
Anonymous said, "K.L. if you don't want to learn ASL nor social with deaf then you are hearing. Get off the deafread blog, get lost."
Nice hiding there.
I'm not on DeafRead, I'm on Jodi's blog. It just happens to be connected to DeafRead.
Cochlear implants are now part of the deaf community. Inescapable. You might want to learn about how they work rather than just diss the families that choose them.
Comment by anon — March 17, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
Jean Boutcher: quit being an ass, ok?
White Ghost added:
Hey, need a break and take a flirty visit at Seek Geo's blog, "Seek Alex" -- plezzzeeee visit his blog at DR's extra and vote to move his blog into the front!
Seek Alex is a damn cute! He's really Legola from "The Lord of the Rings" movie!
Oh my....I'm flirting....
*Things that make me reflect...*
Are you sure that all parents know what's best for their children?
I have a student in my classroom that is 13 years old, had a CI since she was 2, and still is not speaking or able to understand anything other than her name. She is not using ASL or any other language or code, visual or auditory. Yet, the mother refuses to use any other method than oralism. Can you honestly tell me that this mother is doing what is best for her child?
Or take the 12 year old girl who is using ASL beautifully, uses hearing aids for environmental sounds, and is generally very happy and content with herself. Her father is trying to get her a CI. Is this really the best option at this time?
Or take the 11 year old boy who is deaf, has autism, and severe behavior issues. Anytime he misbehaves, his father beats him with a belt. Is he really doing what is best for his child?
I'm sorry, but I'm sick of parents claiming that they know what's best for their own children when they don't. It is in these situations of child neglect and abuse that we tend to want to take a step forward and say hey... this isn't necessarily the best option. If you saw your neighbor beating up their child, wouldn't you intervene? I would certainly hope so. It takes a village to raise a child. If you aren't raising them right, I sure will step in and say so.
March 18, 2008 3:22 PM
Power comment by Val:
I refuse to let others pass judgement on parents for trying to be parents.
Yes, there are some terrible parents. I have sent parents to jail for sexual abuse. I attended three funerals in the last year for parents who "forgot" to give their children medicine for asthma or seizures. I watched a parent take off his belt and beat his child in my classroom. But I also cried with a parent who buried her son after he died of a heart attack at Disney World. I helped a parent find affordable housing and a job to get out of a relationship. I cried when parents came home from Iraq and hugged their children for the first time in 15 months. I celebrated birthdays and holidays with families. I excited children to learn. I watched fantastic parents raise great children. These parents are not too proud to ask for help and they are not too proud to cry with you and celebrate as well.
Maybe I need to not be so focused on Deaf Community. Maybe I need to remember I want to be involve in the Human Community. I want positive, great people to be around. Join or stay within your own community. Thank you Jodi for your words. You always make me think and go hmmmmm..
and last but not least...
*Things that make me smile*
Yesterday, Jordan discovered cologne. My friend Christina gave Jordan a Sergio Tacchini gift bag of shower gel, cologne and deodorant for Christmas that I had put away never to be found again until the other day. He began experimenting and after spraying, dousing and drowning himself in the cologne (Note: My house will never smell the same no matter how long I keep the windows open) he declared himself..."Manly."
This AXE commercial definitely did not help the situation:(To deactivate blog music click on the radio-like lookin' thing located in the upper right-hand column)
When he came home from school today, he declared that three girls had checked him out!
Yeah. That's my boy!