Life in progress

Zip – #AtoZ Challenge


Do you remember those infant’s toys that demonstrate the sounds all the animals make? Maybe you still have one laying around the house. Loads of fun, and a great teaching tool as well.

My first two kids played with one of those things until I was ready to strangle the turkey and eat it for dinner. Yet strangely, when Alex was born, I missed being able to add the detail of what an animal sounded like to its name. Or its sign, as was the case.

This has transferred to everyday life. The word, “zip” makes no sense to him in an onomatopoeic way. He processes impacts such as “bang” and “clap” in a very different way to those of us who can hear. He feels them.

Having said all that, Winston has a very loud bark indeed. Loud enough that it penetrates Alex’s profound, though not complete, hearing loss. I can finally have fun with, “The dog says, ‘Woof!'” once again.


Winston and Alex

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “Zip – #AtoZ Challenge

  1. Congratulations on completing A-Z. I enjoyed your series and learned a lot.


  2. Thanks so much for letting us in on your experience as a hearing mum of a deaf son. That was very enlightening and I will come back to your posts as I didn’t have time to read them all. Sorry. And my goodness are those two adorable πŸ™‚


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  4. Thank you so much for this series, Linda. In parts amusing, but throughout, informative and educational.


  5. Winston looks like our Treeing Walker Coonhound. And yes, I remember the see and say toys very well.


  6. Ah, a boy and his dog. I wonder if Winston knows Alex is deaf? He must be the perfect dog for Alex πŸ™‚

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  7. This has been a wonderfully informative and heart-warming series Linda. Thank you so much for sharing these insights.


  8. Sweet picture at the end.


  9. Aw! So cute!!!! Animals and kids… a bond that oversteps any impairments! !!!


  10. Alex can hear Winston is good. Isn’t it?


  11. Alex looks content. Winston seems laid back and curious…
    We take a lot for granted with our sense of sight and hearing, don’t we? Thanks for the read.


    • We really do, Maribeth. Sometimes it takes losing one or knowing a person who has lost one of his or her senses to really appreciate what we have.
      Glad you enjoyed it – thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

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  12. It’s so exciting that Alex can “hear” Winston bark! One more way for a boy to bond with his dog. Judging from the adorable photographs, getting the dog was a very wise decision.


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