Everyone has something about them that makes them different to other people. This is great and marvellous, but it also leads to the individuals having to put up with the same questions again and again. My question is:** What’s special about you and what questions do have to put up with as a result of this?**
One of the things that sets me apart from a lot of people is the fact that both my parents are profoundly deaf. Over the years i have answered questions about them a thousand times over, to the point where i have a perfectly rehearsed answer from memory :rolleyes:
- Can they speak? Yes, it just doesn’t sound like “normal” speech (well, it does to me, but not to anyone else).
- Isn’t sign language the same all over the world? No, each country has it’s own language (although of course there are similarities, just like spoken languages), each with their own grammar and syntax.
- Can they drive? :rolleyes: Yes, they have eyes.
- Isn’t it lucky they had you and you can hear! No, not really. They managed fine before i was born, they’ve never exploited me, and they’re sane adults perfectly capable of running their own lives. The vast majority of children born of deaf parents are hearing.
So… tell us your questions and answers and maybe we can learn and avoid driving other people mental