Yesterday I had sick girls and not as much time for blogging (I blog during their nap). So rather than back-tracking with my gratitude posts, I will continue with today. Today I’m grateful for this little gal:
More specifically, today I am grateful for her cry.
Here me out.
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When I was in high school I had the opportunity to witness a project that involved raising money for a deaf teacher at our school to receive a cochlear implant. This implant allowed her to hear things for the first time.
I also had the opportunity to be there when they turned the device on. The very first thing she heard was the cry of her baby girl. Tears streamed down her face as she exclaimed, “I heard her! I heard her!”
I will never in my life forget that experience. When my baby is crying or my toddler is whining and I’m feeling frustrated, this moment will creep up in my mind. I remind myself, “At least you can hear them.”
This teacher (Shellee), continued to email me over the next few weeks and tell me all the new things she was hearing: Grease on the stove. The crinkle of a potato chip bag. The sprinklers. The pitch of her husband’s voice compared to her children.
When was the last time you were grateful to hear the crinkle of a potato chip bag?!!
I bring up this experience because lately my baby has a cold which has caused her to be a little more fussy than usual. I have a hard time mentally with crying…especially when I don’t know what to do to make the crying stop. I know that I am weak when it comes to having patience. When I was trying to calm her, and feeling like I just wanted to do a little screaming myself, the question popped into my head, “What in the heck am I grateful for today?!!”
Today I’m grateful for the very thing that often gets to my nerves: The cry of my baby.
Because I CAN hear her. I have the gift of hearing. Some other sounds that I am grateful for: I’m grateful for music, the kind that cheers me up and makes me want to dance, and also the kind that soothes my soul. I’m also grateful for the sound of running water. One of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a waterfall. So Powerful! I’m also grateful for the sound of laughter, especially from a child.
What are your favorite sounds?
Click Here To watch Shellee’s reaction to hearing her daughter voice for the first time ( fast forward to 2:15 to see the part of the clip when the implant is turned on).
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