Monday, August 17, 2009

Deafness and Relationships with Hearing Individuals- Part II

Well, the entire country of Italy has been on holiday for the past week, so it's been difficult for me to get it together. I appreciated the responses to the last blog, it was so interesting and really beautiful to read about everyone's love experiences. It ain't easy...*smile*

Two years ago I was the fortunate one to have found myself in the middle of a couple falling in love. Lorenzo- 24 years old, deaf, wears hearing aids, very auto-ironic and intelligent, champion handball player- just spent a couple of weeks in Norwegia for a competition...and Virginia- 19 years old, known her since she was about 8, plays volleyball and had a MAJOR crush on Lorenzo.

When I told Virginia about the last blog post, I asked her if she wouldn't mind giving me some input from a hearing person's perspective. Lorenzo still hasn't touched base...Men!

This is what Virginia had to say...(translation)

...anyway, as far as I'm concerned, it was love at first sight, so I never saw Lorenzo's deafness as an issue. Sometimes I completely forget that he can't may happen that I call him from another room and after a couple of times that I keep calling him and he doesn't respond, I remember he's deaf. But really it has never been a problem for me. It's never been an issue, mostly because he is intelligent and is able to joke about his own disability...if you truly fall in love, you can see no problems, in any case.



Paula Rosenthal said...

This is exactly how relationships should be (platonic or amorous) with deaf or hard of hearing people. They're a person with many facets, one of which is that they have a hearing loss. Judging people based on their disability, color of their skin, nationality, etc. is discrimination, pure and simple and it can get in the way of knowing an amazing person, but also says a lot about the other one.

Unknown said...

Hi Girlfriend!
Of course, I totally agree!

Jack said...

I just love that picture..Its really romantic.

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