I mentioned The Amazing Race in my post from yesterday. I am really hoping Luke and Margie will win, because I feel an obvious connection with them. In the first episode Luke mentioned how he wanted to be a part of the race to show people that deaf people can do anything other people can do, except hear. I think so far he is proving that to be true.
However, I can't help but think how lucky we are that Jazzie was able to get her cochlear implants. All our lives would be so different if she hadn't. I remember the episode where Luke is riding a rickshaw with his mother in the back and she is trying to tell him to stop. He couldn't hear her and she wasn't able to reach him to tap him on the shoulder and I thought about how great it is that I can just call Jazzie's name to get her attention.
Or how about when the teams are talking to each other and Luke has no idea what they are saying. His mom does interpret for him, but there is still so much information that he is missing.
Margie has to do all the talking because the fact is that most people do not use sign language so Luke is at the mercy of someone else to figure things out. Those cheerleaders need to take a good look at Luke and his attitude because NOBODY speaks his language and he is handling himself in a much nicer way.
I recently received an e-mail from someone who disagreed with our decision to implant Jazzie. This person accused me of not understanding deaf people because I have never even met any deaf persons. I am not sure where that statement came from, because I have met deaf people and I think that for the most part, I do understand them and where they are coming from. I am not going to get into another long explanation on why we chose a cochlear implant for Jazzie. It has done amazing things for her and for our family and when I see certain challenges that Luke is facing on the Amazing Race, I am so thankful that Jazzie does not need to face them. There are plenty of challenges for her already.