The Beginning: Realizing She Has Deaf Parents
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If you have been following my blog, you probably already know that Mr. Tropical and I are Deaf and Coral (2.5) is hearing.
She does not know that she has Deaf parents because that is her normal.
Coral was born to Deaf parents and does not know of any different way of life. We do not hide the fact that we are Deaf. We communicate in ASL for the majority of time at home/out in public. Coral is bilingual in ASL and English.
However… something happened last night and I think maybe this is the beginning of realizing she has Deaf parents.
Last night, we (Mr. Tropical & I) were watching the TV on the floor before bedtime. Coral was running around behind me, playing with her toys. She came behind my back and blew an elephant ocarina whistle toy.
She stopped and waited for my reaction, excitedly. She expected me to jump and turn my head around.
She blew again and again.
She stood there for a moment and stared at me.
Then she moved on to something new.
I was still watching the TV with no clue what happened behind my back. Mr. Tropical tapped my leg and explained what happened. I felt so bad that she might have thought I was ignoring her.
However, I wondered perhaps, this is the beginning of her questioning what had just happened. Perhaps, she will notice this situation happening again and again. Then she will come to a realization that her parents are Deaf. Perhaps, she forgot all about this.