Monday, July 14, 2008
Would You Take A Pill To Become Hearing?
Ok. Josh Swiller is HOT. His writing style is a HUGE turn on. People on the beach where I go here in Grosseto know that I'm a lunatic, but now they think I should be committed. Between beach volleyball games, I can be seen randomly laughing aloud, weeping or gripping my beach-chaise at any given moment of the day as I devour Swiller's THE UNHEARD. Yes, I know I've been reading it for the past five months, but if you've read the blog, you know I've been rather busy...and actually, I'm not convinced I want to finish it, I'm enjoying reading it so much.
On page 160 (I'm making progress), Swiller writes:
"When I was at Gallaudet," I said, "living with other deaf and hearing impaired people, the school newspaper had a survey: if you could take a pill that would make you hearing, would you take it?"
"The vast majority of the students said no. They were happy with their lives."
It was a hard question to answer, now more than ever, which was why I brought it up. "I don't know. If I say, 'Yes, make me hearing,' isn't that some kind of failure of will? Does it mean I couldn't find happiness with all the gifts I've been given? I have money, family, education, hearing aids, and I didn't grow up in a shack in the bush. Shouldn't that be enough?"
"There's nothing wrong with wanting more," Maria said.
"Yeah, but here's the thing," I said. "I've already taken that pill. I'm no longer deaf."
Swiller writes how he "discovered a place past deafness and hearing in Mununga."
This book is quite an experience for me- it provides me with profound insight as to my son's current journey and future journey...and it raises questions that I need to answer for myself...Is there really nothing wrong with wanting more?
Maybe it's just a deeper question of truly appreciating what we have.
Josh Swiller posted this exciting news on his June 17th blog:
In a little more than a month, I’ll be moving to Washington, DC. I will be a visiting professor at Gallaudet. It’s been a lot of work arranging this position and I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ll be teaching a class, mentoring aspiring writers, and bringing in interesting folk for guest lectures, but aside from all that, the main thrust of my work there will be first, to help bridge the gap between the signing and speaking deaf communities; and second, to help develop a program at Walter Reed for deafened veterans.