The Deaf Girl

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Anna is deaf, but could hear loud and clear.

Submitted: September 30, 2017

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'Look at her. She is the one who is disabled!' a boy shouted while pointing at a girl who was walking silently with the help of another girl. 'Hey! Don't say that, she may be deaf and mute but she has feelings too!' Jasmine snapped back. 'So what?' The boy asked angrily, 'She can't even hear what I said.'. With that, the boy turned and left with a huff. Jasmine led her friend, Anna, out of the school and walked her through the maze of the city, zing-zagging through alleys and crossing big urban roads. Finally, they approached an old apartment building that looked like it was in a bad shape. the walls needed painting, the grass needed trimming, and moss could be found growing in the gutter. It was an ugly sight, but to both Jasmine and Anna, it was what they called home. With a key that Jasmine had in her pocket, she unlocked the wooden door leading into the apartment and open the door which responded with a loud creaky sound. When the both of them entered, Jasmine turned momentarily to close and lock the door. Then, the duo climbed a few flights of stairs to get to their floor. After, they walked through a corridor that was dimly lighted until they reached the unit they were looking for. After Jasmine saw Anna off, she entered her unit which was next door to Jasmine's. When Anna entered the unit, she was greeted by her mother who was lying down on her bed. 'Hello, Anna. There's some leftovers in the fridge for lunch. Heat those up before you eat them.' she told Anna using sign language. 'Okay mum. Do you need anything?' Anna signalled back while walking to the fridge. Her mother shook her head as a reply. After lunch, Anna continued with her daily activities, which  included doing the laundry, sweeping the floor, cleaning the sink and doing her homework. Before she knew it, her father would come back home during the evening. It was always the same scene. Anna would see the father come back home and greet him, which the father replied with a quick hug. He would then go to the mother and stroke her hair while talking with her. Anna could not hear a word but she knows that her father would always ask her mother how's she feeling and if there's anything she needs. Then, he would get up and cook dinner, while accompanied by Anna. Then, both he and Anna would bring the dinner plates and gather around the bed where they can eat together with mother. While eating, Anna would hear stories that the father had brought together with him from work through sign language. Sometimes, they would share jokes and laugh together. Before she knew it, it would be time to go to bed. Before tucking in, her father would always sing a song while playing the guitar for her and her mother. She could not hear a word, but she could hear the tune of the song and the music in her head. Then her father would kiss her goodnight. Anna knew that she is deaf, that her father works odd jobs to keep the family fed, that the apartment she lived in wasn't as luxurious as the other boys in school, that her mother's sickness can't be cured. However, she would always go to bed happy. She was deaf but could hear the tales told by her father and the joyful music that wouldn't make her world so quiet. The apartment building is old and worn, but it was warm and cozy to her because she could feel her family with her. Her parents doesn't always say 'I love you', but she could hear them loud and clear. She would think to herself, even though she is disabled, she lives a better and more meaningful life than anyone else she knows.


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