AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT HEAR
Abby wants to find out what it was like to be her parents.
An established relationship story.
Written: April 2008. Word count: 200.
"Because I want to know what they had to deal with."
"Because I sometimes think I didn't treat them as I should have done."
Tim kissed her nose. "Abby, no kid ever treats their parents as they should have done."
"But this is different. Please, Tim."
"If you're really sure."
She nodded. "I am."
Carefully, with the use of earplugs and some special ear defenders, he set about making sure she couldn't hear anything.
"Okay?" he signed; he'd insisted she taught him some basic signs before he'd agreed to help her.
She bit her lip and nodded. She looked pale, paler even than she normally looked.
After ten minutes she clutched his arm. "I can't," she gasped. "Tim, I can't. Please." Her hands reached for her head.
Gently he pulled them away and instead removed the defenders and plugs. "There," he said.
To his surprise, she began to cry and threw herself into his arms. "How did they manage?" she sobbed, as he held her. "Tim, I couldn't stand ten minutes. How did they bear a lifetime of not hearing?"
"It was easier for them; they were born deaf," he murmured, as he held her tightly.
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