Deafness in the Family: Deaf Family Member- How I Learned From My Sister

Deafness In The Family

by Jackie D. Kimball

When I read the HUBMOB topic, I thought ", Aha, this is going to be easy! I know plenty about the subject of deafness, and I certainly relish the chance to participate in Deaf Awareness Week." I knew what I would write about...my sister,of course. My younger  and only sister is Deaf, and she has made her way in the world very successfully. I am deeply proud of her, and her achievements. So I whipped off an e-mail to my sister, making sure I had her permission before I wrote about her.

When I got her reply, I realized I don't really know as much about the Deaf culture as I thought I did..I have been around Deaf people all of my sister's life. They are an impressive community of people and fun to be around. Still, if you read my sister's reply, you can see why I suddenly sat back and realized, that maybe I'm in over my head. I had suggested she join and write, but she didn't address that. Below is my letter, and her reply a few hours later.

A Letter That Made Me Stop and Think

Hi Sister,

This week in hubpages we are writing about deaf topics in honor of Deaf Awareness Week. May I write about you if I don't reveal your name? If not I will say I have a relative......It is okay if you say a big fat no, but I am so proud of you and your many accomplishments!

Love,

Jackie

***************Her Reply********************

Sister,

Yes you may mention me -- just say "my brat sister is Deaf" - just kidding about brat... Do me a favor -- capitalize the d in Deaf. It is because we, the Deaf, have our own language which is American Sign Language, because we have similar beliefs,and because we have norms. With language, beliefs, and norms -- it is a culture -- thus it capitalizes the d in Deaf.

Living With A Deaf Family Member

As you see, from the correspondence above I may not have the clearest understanding of what I usually call the Deaf community. Sometimes my sister talks about the Deaf World. (Notice that I capitalized Deaf, and will do so the entire article, because my little sister says I am supposed to, and she should know.....)I appreciate that. She tolerates a lot of mistakes I make in communication with a wry smile, but in this case, she didn't want me to embarrass myself. (Thanks,Sister!)

To get more insight on deaf culture, I did a bit of site hopping and noticed that the Deaf community does consider that because of their beautiful language of hand gestures ,beliefs, and norms,that they are a culture. I can definitely see why. The Deaf also have customs, and rules of behavior. There are culture expectations such as greeting and leaving, getting attention to talk, and what is or is not rude.

So I again aplauded myself that I had chosen to write about my sister.Her...I know.Our family interactions are about the same as her Deaf friends that have hearing family members. We all must educate each other , and be understanding about each other's cultutre. In my opinion the Deaf are more patient with the hearing than the hearing are with them.

Now, understand that my sister considers herself as nothing special, just an intelligent ,hard working middle school teacher. That she is, but she is so much more to me.

She probably sometimes thinks,"What's the big deal?" I'm just your little  sister. But she doesn't know when she was a toddler how bleak we thought her life would be. There were few educational entitlements back in about 1962 when she was diagnosed as Deaf. The best thing my parents had heard of was Baton Rouge State School for the Deaf almost three hours away. This was a boarding school, and it broke everyone's in family's heart to think of seeing her only on the weekends.

She was the baby of our family and we doted on her. As the baby, she would have been spoiled no matter what. Because of what we (then)thought to be a handicap, we probably gave in much more than we should have. There are a few things we siblings gave in and did for her that we still laugh about today. Alas, she would kill me if I told! I chuckle just thinking about it!

Mama had brochures about the school and it's curriculum, and she and Daddy poured over them often .Very early on, my parents agreed that she would probably be enrolled there. Mama wanted the richest learning experiences for my sister. She devised learning exercises for her, and also corresponded with Mayo Clinic for other lessons. She spent hours working with my her when she was a toddler.

Right away, we could see that she was above average in intelligence, and doctors confirmed it. I sometimes watched Mama and my sister, and I was just amazed to watch her logical thought process. She still is a very logical person, not easily agitated and this trait has served her well when dealing with unlearned and accidentally rude hearing people.

My sister was always the center of attention everywhere we went. She had the biggest brown eyes, and a pixie haircut. She was a charmer, and knew how to get a smile from anyone who was around her. When I think back on those days, I'm sure that her charm was her confidence and sunny disposition, and not the novelty of Deafness. Children in our circle  were fascinated that though she could not hear at all, she understood our facial expressions and gestures enough to play and interact with everyone..

The truth is, that after a few years, we rarely thought of her being Deaf. She was just our adorable and a bit spoiled baby sister.We didn't feel a bit guilty to go tattle about something she had done , and she got in trouble just like the rest of us. My parents expected all of us to have a "can do attitude" including my sister. I've seen Daddy working on the car , and she would take the tools away from him, wanting to see if she could fix  it herself.

We kind of made up some of our own signs as we didn't know sign language. She made up some ,too. So with gestures and our own signs, we got by fine. We family members are still guilty of this to this day(She's fifty now!) but she is tolerant and loving about it.

She and I shared a room from the time she was a year and a half until she went to the boarding school. If she was napping, I could still play my 45 RPM records and not disturb her.We would play dress up when she was three, and she would model my over sized clothes and wear my lipstick.We have pictures of her wearing my eighth grade Jr. High prom dress with her upswept hairdo.It gives me a warm fuzzy when I see that picture. Once again,she got her way that day! Ordinary days with an extraordinary sister. But she would say just an ordinary  little sister.

Growing Up

As the days grew closer for my sister to go away to school, our sadness made the home atomsphere somewhat gloomy. She would have to stay thirty days, that first time, and then she could come home every weekend. Those thirty days loomed ahead like a dark shadow. My sister seemed to understand that she was going to school, as we got new school clothes every year and this time she did,too. I have never asked her what she thought,if she even remembers, about what thoughts she had when my parents drove away and left her at the school three hours away from all she held dear.

I do remember how it was at our house. My parents seemed to just go through the motions of living. Not much laughter and conversation at the supper table was much quieter. Sometimes I scooted over to her side at night  just trying to get even a smell that might be connected to her. She wasn't dead, but thirty days without her seemed like a year.

The first time she came home from the school was a joyous day. I had to go to school that day, and she was all I could think about. Again, there are funny stories I could tell about that weekend, but I'd get in trouble with my sister! Let's just say that she had learned to use the manual alphabet , and she loved spelling "NO!"

She adjusted very well, and quickly as far as I could tell. She made friends, the teachers loved her, and she was a quick learner. The family looked forward to our weekends with her, and were sometimes disapponted when she asked to stay for particular activities that were held on the weekends for those who didn't go home. Mama said that was a good sign that she was happy. I think my sister,even at that age, made a choice to be happy.

Throughout her school years, she excelled academically, was in the homecoming court four years in a row, voted MVP in basketball, held many offices, and was a cheerleader all of her high school years. She graduated as valedictorian of her senior class, and received a scholarship to Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington D.C.

After studying a few years at Galludet, she moved back to Louisiana and attended LSU. She worked at the Baton Rouge State Times Advocate and made more money than her parents. During this time, she became Miss Deaf Louisiana 1984/85, She spent a short time as an actress playing the lead role at La Petite Theater in New Orleans in the smash hit played in the movie by Marilee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God.

She again attended Gallaudet and received her masters in education . She now is a wonderful middle school teacher in a school for the Deaf in another state.She has held many offices of leadership in the Deaf Community and is an active civic leader in many causes that interest her. She and her Deaf friends have traveled all over Europe and have stayed on numerous tropical islands. I think she likes one or two states having visited every state in the United States. She is an avid geocache fan. and has found caches in many interesting locations. Nothing, I mean nothing stops her if she makes up her mind to do it!

I am proud of her for all that she has done with her amazing life.

Deaf Awareness Week -A Good Time to Learn More About Deafness and Deaf Culture

DEAF IN THE FAMILY

Our family was and is a very close 'let's get together Saturday" kind of family. We all accept each other unconditionally. We have accepted my sister's Deafness from the time she was a tot as just part of who she is. She is our sister, just one of the pack. Plus, she patiently waits while we laborously sign and spell to her and never calls us stupid!She accepts us as the hearies who love her no matter how we fumble our fingers as we talk..... (I'm horrible at it!)

DEAF IN THE HEARING WORLD

You want to make my family mad? Say something negative about how hard being Deaf must be. Ask us a stupid question about her like she is not there while she is reading your lips.Once my mother mentioned to a lady that my sister's letter said so and so. The lady said' "Oh, she can write?" Now how ignorant is that? Deaf people put up with remarks like that and try to be tolerant of us. The hearing world should educate themselves that being Deaf is a part of who they are, and most of the Deaf do not consider it a handicap but rather just an interesting part of who they are..

 

MySister is a Great Teacher!    My  sister's picture from her school's website.
MySister is a Great Teacher! My sister's picture from her school's website.

The Deaf have Deaf Pride. My sister is happy that she is Deaf, and she wouldn't change a thing.She is an awesome teacher for her deaf students. She drives,travels, goes geocaching,has her own family of fellow Deaf friends, owns her beautiful home,and makes a very nice income . Anything you can do, she can do. That's her mindset!

My Little Sister

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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

What an amazing and beautiful sister you have. What a wonderful family you ALL are ,too. I really enjoyed this article. I'm sure if your sis reads this it will make her proud. Great hub ! I voted this up and awesome!


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Voted up and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Fetty, thanks for being my first reader to my hubmob piece. I guess I need to send the link to my sister. she might make me take her picture down,though!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Judycastro, thanks for the nice comment. I have been sick for 2 days. Just got back online today.Need to get busy reading and catch up on comments. will be sure and check you and fetty out asap!


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Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

I loved this! I may have never identified as big D deaf, but I acknowledge the culture that is so rich in their existence. Deaf people do differentiate themselves as big D or little d.

I remember several hard fast rules my family created for me, and that I continue to keep for my own household. This seems to be part of the culture to respect the deaf. Number one, never ever leave the house or go somewhere without telling me because I won't hear you go like others can in the house. It scares me. Likewise, number 2, never allow people into the house without informing me they are there if I am elsewhere in the house. Fortunately, my dogs are very rowdy barkers, they bark with their entire body and move very close against my legs so I feel the vibrations and wiggling every time there is someone in our driveway!

The part about making your family mad made me laugh out loud and shake my head. I was very used to those comments from the hearing. I can totally relate!

I love what you wrote here about your sister. This is beautiful. I have voted up and am looking forward to reading more of your hubs!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Sunny ,thank you for sharing a little about your experiences. There was so much more I'd have like to tell about my sister, but it was getting too long.She lives 9 hours away now, and I miss her so much. Her Deaf friends and coworkers are like family to her, and we have met many of them.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Really great seeing things from your perspective, on Deaf awareness. I do believe the Deaf can see and hear more than we ever would imagine. Their senses are far higher about their surroundings than the average person. Great Hub Topic:) Thanks for sharing, your family story:)


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

I have worked with two legally deaf children in the last eight years; they taught me much about the things I need to appreciate............ your sister's story is heartwarming; your sister is very special! Thanks for this! Kaie


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

An amazing hub, I am glad it is part of this week's HubMob. I have learnt a lot about Deaf culture here, about silly assumptions made and how Deafness can be considered as part of who you are rather than a handicap. Thank you for the "eye opener" hub.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

BL,

Thank you for sharing this very important hub. Many of us are ignorant of the unique gifts, qualities and culture of the Deaf.

It is encouraging that more and more Houses of Worship have Sign Language for the Deaf as part of the service.

God bless you and "baby" sister (smile).

Forever His,


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

heart4theword, Thanks for reading and your kind comments. Yes my sister may not hear, but her other senses are advanced, and she is extremely intelligent and bilingual.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Kaie, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yes, little sister is a jewel!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Your lil' sis is amazing, and what a great hub! My youngest daughter is deaf in one ear and has hearing loss in the other. It never slowed her down, either!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

habee, thank you! I 'm tellin' you she a firecracker.Always on the go.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Wonderful and so inspiring! Our middle boy is severely visually impaired - some say legally blind some say just the worst ever low vision. It doesn't really matter though - he has always been an inspiration to all of us - thanks for sharing your story with us!


MarianG 6 years ago

This is so beautiful! You and your sister are so lucky to have one another--such a blessing to have this much love!

Thank you for sharing your sister's story as well as your own as you shared of your own experience from the perspective of a sister.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Rev Lady, I accidently skipped your comment. So sorry. I just read it.Thank you for your input!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Akirchner, Thanks for commenting. You are blessed to have that child! He will teach you much!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

thank you MarianG,

My sister lives a days ride away and leads a very busy life during the school year. I only get to see her on holidays now. We can always just pick up where we left off. She usually brings her dogs, and as we are all dog crazy, we spend a lot of time discussing our doggie babies!


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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

what an awesome article!! You are blessed to have you sister in your life!! so many lessons and so much love it just pours off the page!! well done!! voted awesome and beautiful!!


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Lamme 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story about your sister! You are both so lucky to have each other.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This is an awesome Hub! Thank you and your Sis for sharing the personal and touching tale. :0)


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

RNSMN, HI and thanks for commenting.You bet I love her!Everyone does. She is a sweetheart!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

lamme, you know...you are RIGHT....she is lucky to have me ,too!LOL!!!!!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

LilyGrillzit, thanks for reading and commenting. If she reads this, she is gonna be blushing ! She never brags on herself. I just touched the highlights of some of her accomplishments.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your sister's story. So many hearing people know no one who is deaf, and are thus ignorant about many aspects of their life. Your hub can help to clear up a few misconceptions. My husband's grandmother was deaf, she died earlier this year at age 102. She was an amazing woman and I absolutely loved her warmth, intelligence, and endless sense of humor. I hated it that absolutely no one in her family ever learned one bit of sign language. (I at least knew how to fingerspell)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

This was such a very nice hub. My father was almost Deaf because of World War 2. He was disabled by the war as a combat soldier. You and your sister are truly wonderful, and your family as well. God Bless You.


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samiaali 6 years ago

This is a beautiful Hub bayoulady. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You must be very proud of your sister!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Mulberry1,thanks for reading and sharing about you grandmother.I know she appreciated that you could use the manual alphabet!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Jackie-thanks so much for inviting us into your family. Your sister is one amazing woman, as are you!

Take good care.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Stars, thanks for commenting! I hope you are well today.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

samiaali, thanks for reading and commenting! Yes , my family is proud of the positive"I can do it all " attitude she has.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

lorilee6- thanks for the nice comments!She is a humdinger!Everytime I read parts of this hub, I miss her so bad.(I keep having to read it because I have been editing it,taking out anything that might have caused google to not put adsense adds on this hub. Still no luck!Hummmmmph!)


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

What a great tribute to your lovely sister. Isn't it interesting that so many of us would decide life for the Deaf would be so difficult. Fortunately, so many Deaf people do not know that.

Thanks for sharing this.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

List Lady,thanks for commenting! My sister does know that some hearies think that she has a 'problem" and I think she finds it amusing.LOL!


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JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

First let me say kudos to your Sis for being a Teacher (notice the capital T). This is a very nice tribute to her, and she should be proud of you as well.

I work with developmentally disabled adults and can relate to the consternation you feel when people ask questions as if they aren't in the room. It's disheartening that people can be so stupid and insensitive. Every human wants to be heard and no one wants to be ignored; it's in our make-up whether we are Deaf, hearing, cognitively impaired, or teachers.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Jay Deck, thanks for reading and for your sensitive comments. I appreciate your insight. I am also a teacher. I just retired.(FREEDOM!!!LOL!)My sister would appreciate your remarks, I'm sure. My daughter is brain injured, and sometimes unlearned (stupid) people make me so mad. They behave as though she is a two year old just because of her speech. She does her share of the housework at home and is a very likeable INTERESTING person. Still some never give her a chance to interact, and this hurts her.


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

This is such a beautiful tribute to the Deaf and your precious sister.She is a special Teacher, I am sure of it.

I truly enjoyed your captivating writing. Your sister is a LOVE of Loves as are you. I took a couple of semesters of American Sign Language at the community college a couple of years ago. It was fascinating. The Teacher is Deaf and he was so funny. Our last class we had to go to a restaurant and no one could speak we used American Sign Language. The poor waiters. ( - ; It is a very tough language to learn. Whew, I know very little. It would take years to get very good at it. I am grateful I took the class, it was great fun.

I love the beauty of the Language. I love the hand actions when speaking of Our Lord in ASL, it is so beautiful. You must be very good at ASL?

God Bless you my sister in Christ. You are so precious and gracious. I am grateful we have met at the hubs of love pages. God is Good.

Keep pressing on my friend. There is much to do for our Lord and Savior. Hugs Sista


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

skye2day- Where do I start? Such kind words! Thank you for sharing your experiences. My sister would laugh at your guess that I was good at ASL. No, I'm not. I used to be fairly good at the manual aphabet, but my fingers are twisted with arthritis now,and some of my letters are not really perfect. My patient little sister is nice about it. Another reason to say I love her!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

I too can relate to this hub. I have only slight hearing in my right ear which has makes a noise (Tinnitus) and has since I was 24 years old. I have hearing loss in my left ear and wear a hearing aide in my this ear. I cannot understand words in a crowd. One on one is usually fine. On the telephone it is hard for me to understand at lot of words. The voice must be clear and strong. AND, yes the hearing people do not understand and have very little patience with those of us who cannot hear.

I enjoyed your article.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

lctodd1947-thanks for stopping by and commenting. I can tell you have had your share of impatient hearing people.I need to check and see if you did the hubmob,too. I am so far behind on my comments!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

bayoulady, I have always felt a bit envious of Helen Keller and her ability to read people. Yes, she was blind and deaf, but her brilliance in the area of scents is well documented. I guess disabilities are only Disabilities when we categorize them as such? Still, there must be sensitivity to each other's needs... your family sounds so supportive of all you kids; so loving.

This hub fascinated me top to bottom. I did not know Deaf considered themselves a separate culture. I cannot imagine the pain of letting a little go at such an early age. Your parents were strong people, determined too.

Congratulations on a respectful and touching hub. Thumbs up, kiddo!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Storytellersrus,thanks for reading! I'm glad you say I wrote respectfully about my sister.I hope she feels the same, because I admire her so much. She is such a positive person!(I wish I could use her name in the article. I feel it would be less repetitive than"my sister"!)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

@bayoulady...you have a little sister that anyone could be proud to have. The fact that she has achieved such levels in life speak to her ability to deal with what she seems only mildly challenged by. Apparently, it is not something that has gotten in way of her life desires. I applaud her as she is a shining example of those who make up the Deal Community in America! WB


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

bayoulady, What a wonderful story about your special sister. She sounds like a warm, loving sister that didn't let her deafness stop her from living life the way she wanted.


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

It's tough to write personal articles and not use names. I gave up, recently. But it is very touchy. I admire you for sticking with it.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Wayne Brown_ So sorry I somehow missed your comment, which I very much appreciate!Yes, I admire her very much. I just wish she would let me use her name!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Pamela99, thanks for reading and commenting! You are right,nothing stops her when she makes up her mind. Well.....except those 3 spoiled dogs that try to rule the roost.Sometimes,THEY win.lol!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

storytellersrus- thanks for commenting! yes, it would have been much easier if she would have let me use her name! I am thinking of calling her Jane, as in Jane Doe, to make it less repetitive...umhummmm......still thinkin'.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Deaf and other disabled people are great teachers to humankind. What a priviledge you have, to have one of these special people so close to you. I can understand why you tresure her so much. Thank you for sharing her with us, and tell her we all apreciate her willingness to give an imput to our understanding.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

equella, thanks for reading and commenting on my hub.I do really appreciate my sister letting me tell about her. She hasn't emailed me what she thinks, but it may be from her humility. I have always been so proud of my little sister. She is just a super person, with a big heart.Since she was school age, we have never had a cross "word" (translation :cross exchange)Well,maybe we have had an argument, but if we have, I can't remember it.


Your baby sister, Sandy 6 years ago

May I have a cup of hot tea?


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

Hellooooooo My sweet little sister! WOW! You finally got here!Come to my blog http://bayoulady.blogspot.com/ and i'll give you that hot tea!

I hope you appreciated the article! Let me know if I got something wrong. Note that I did capitalize Deaf..As you can see , you are much admired here on hubpages. You also know that I only scratched the surface of all you have accomplished. I know you are president of this and that and I saw a video of a speech you and another Deaf person made on the steps of some gov. building....I think you and marilyn are doing so much in the Deaf community in your region. I miss you!\--|/...

Love, Big Sister


shygirl2 6 years ago

Good hub bayoulady. :)I have two members of my family who are deaf. A cousin, and a cousin's son. I recall some fond memories of discovering what it was like to be around a loved one who was deaf. Thanks for sharing the story of your sister. Voted it up and beautiful!!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA Author

shygirl~~~~~~ I ahve fond memories of my baby sister,too. She was so smart, and I ,being ten years older, treted her like a living baby doll. People would stop Mama in town and say what a beautiful child she was. I think my sister knew it,too!


Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this article about your sister. I have been learning a little bit of sign language lately. Although no-one I interact with is Deaf, my toddler boy currently much prefers using sign language to speaking (this is for his outgoing communication only - he'll take either signs or verbal equally well if someone is talking to him). I wouldn't be able to hold a proper conversation in sign language though! - so I could definitely relate to how you said you were thankful that your sister put up patiently with the slow signing of the 'hearies'!

Anyhow, I really enjoyed your article. Thanks for sharing.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Thank you for sharing this inspiring and heart warming story about your sister and family. Awesome hub!


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lucky2bealive 4 years ago from Maryland

Great Hub... Very inspiring for our younger generations ! Informative for others !


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Bayou Lady. I like the story about your deaf sister, and you must be proud of her. This hub is such a tribute to deaf people, and your kind attitude and honesty and family closeness are exemplary. I am glad I stopped by. Thanks for sharing. Blessings. Audrey. Pinning. Sharing

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