Deafness Separates People from People

When asked about the differences between blindness and deafness, Helen Keller said:

“The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.

“Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people.”

Sometimes I wonder if I became a writer because of this separation. I miss so many conversations, interactions, the chances for connection that we all intensely crave.

Writing is my attempt to get some life back.

I feel that if I have a recorded version of my life, it means I will have lived one.

It means I haven’t disappeared.