Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sounds of Silence

During my short trip to my sister's house, Mom had an appointment with a specialists to have her hearing checked. For years now, Mom had difficult time hearing, especially when she was in a crowded room. Often, I would notice Mom just sitting in her chair, smiling, as to hear the conversation. Sadly, she didn't hear much at all.

We made the appointment a family affair, where my sister and I attended. Of course, I had my camera in my big ole purse. Mom wasn't too happy when I started flashing her picture. Isn't she beautiful for 75?
While in the booth, I was still snapping wildly. Although I couldn't hear her, I have this funny feeling she was scolding me. She didn't want her picture taken. Honestly, I felt, too bad!
She is going through the standard hearing test. All the while, the hearing specialist is telling my sister and I just how bad Mom's hearing actually is.
My sister, Geri, manages a phone call from her 13 year old son, Danny. Isn't she beautiful, too?
After the specialist adjusts the headphones to accommodate Mom's hearing shortfalls, this is her reaction when she realizes she can hear normally. Tears of joy ... here is a verse from one of my favorite songs...
"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
"But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel



8 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Bless her heart.

Mauigirl said...

I'm so glad you got your mom to get her hearing checked. My father-in-law's hearing has been getting worse and worse and it's become really noticeable lately. I think half the time he doesn't hear what we're saying at all but doesn't want to admit it. We've got to get him to go get his ears checked too.

Jo said...

Omigosh! A whole new world is going to open up for your Mom. she's adorable. Please give her a hug for me!

Grandma J said...

What a sweet woman your mother is. Now you guys have to be careful about what you say.

Chere said...

Oh Deb! Such joy when she can hear. Was she fitted for hearing aids? Costco has the best deal on hearing aids. They have a great program. Yes, your sister is beautiful and Erika resembles her.

TSannie said...

Oh, that pulled at my heart. God bless your mama. Hope the doc fixes her up so she can hear all the time.

Sue said...

Oh poor Mom...so glad she got that hearing checked..She looks like such a sweetie, God Bless Her......My mother was stone deaf and wore 2 hearing aids. When she would visit my house my nutty husband would move his mouth when talking to her but no sound would come out...so she always thought her hearing aid batteries had died....He's awful....

Country Girl said...

Oh, my! This is beautiful, Deb.