Life in progress


Reading – #AtoZ Challenge

“Think about how the word sounds,” they say.

Phonics. They’re a wonderful thing, aren’t they? Unless you’re Deaf. From what I understand, a Deaf person learns words by recognition, sort of like how we see a picture of something and associate it with what it means. Yet it’s not as simple as you’d first think. For instance, we can see a picture of a house with the word “house” below it – easy, right? But what about the word “concept”? How do you explain that word with the definition of it, and expect anyone to remember it? Just the amount of memory it must take for a Deaf person to be able to spell words on sight is phenomenal!

We’re supposed to be able to teach our children the things we understand, especially the things we know most about. Words are my thing. And even though my son, Alex, is learning English, it’s as though it’s a foreign language to me. It’s frustrating that I have no idea how I could possibly go about teaching him how to read. I thank heaven that there’s a school and teachers who can do it.


My A to Z theme concerns the joys and challenges of being the hearing mother of my Deaf son, Alex. To learn more about his beginnings in life, click here to go to my first A to Z entry.


Do you ever?

Do you ever feel like momentum is the only thing that’s keeping you from collapsing?

Do you ever wonder if you’ll ever get out of the hole you’ve unwittingly dug for yourself?

Do you ever make lemonade out of lemons and then think, “This shit is fattening! I’m not drinking this!”

Do you ever have a moment when you figure life can’t get any better, and then realize it’s all downhill from here?

Do you ever wonder if you should hit that damned publish button?