Saturday, February 13, 2016

Headphones



My sister requested Matt...as soon as I started this video it hit me...his words...WOW...how many times have I said them....I would rather go blind...and I am....slowly....because my love of music...to lose that....I truly could not imagine not being able to hear...much less, what I would do to the general population....remember the songs in my head....and singing them out loud...and everyone hearing them.....you poor souls....hahaha. 

But on a serious note....my mother is deaf,  she has implants that enable her to hear...but it has been a struggle all her life.  I remember taking her to get tested in Nashville, years ago, and she came out crying, my mom, over a hearing test....It took me a moment to grasp the gravity of the situation...I mean, I knew while growing up that the t.v. was always on high, so was anything else that she wanted to pay attention to...and she was a little sensitive...but at that hearing test...she broke down...this was before her implants...

What she did not know, was that while I waited in the waiting room, I noticed that they had this system attached to the t.v. in the wait room, that had a headset to it....and the volume on the actual tv could be muted but headset could be turned up as loud as a person needed it. The system was 300 dollars or something...anyway they sold them, and while mom was in the back, I bought a system, because I had memories of mom calling me crying, telling me she was tired of dad yelling at her to turn the tv down after he went to bed at night....(that's when she would catch up on her soaps)....so I thought I would surprise her...

So, she came out crying.....and I had this big bag in my hand...and mom is crying, wanting out of there FAST...so we power walked out of  there...and when we got to the car, I finally got to talk with her, and I asked her what was up, I mean I know hearing tests don't hurt...right?  She continued to cry and tell me, her whole life she has missed things, little things, big things, all KINDS of things, because she couldn't hear them, and that at every test, she loses more and more hope....and it causes a physical pain inside her...it broke my heart.....I had never considered it from her perspective....

Now 17 years later.....I get it....but it's knowing I won't see the smiling faces of those I love, or a sunset....oneday.....but I digress..this is about mom and music....and the system of the headset....

So anyway I got her home,  and we went inside and I took the  bag in, handed it to dad and asked him to hook it up, sat down and explained to mom what it was and how it worked.....Of course at first she complained that I shouldn't have spent that kind of money...but in my opinion, that is exactly what money is for...Well she says it was a Godsend.....dad never again yelled at her to turn the tv down, never made her cry over not hearing the tv....having never realized it was that bad.....one day she told me.....you may have even saved our marriage Lisa.....because after 30 years how could he still not get it???  Now I know my mom, she is pretty hard headed....that's where I get it from, and she would have never left him over it.....and he never meant to be callous.....but what happens when you wake a sleeping bear???  So the headset lasted for 12 years....seriously worth 300 bucks....you betcha....then the battery quit, and she has had a hard time trying to replace the battery....anyway she is back in TN now, and I believe she is going to go back to that Dr.s office and try to buy another unit, has not been successful looking online.....

Ok, that's my story....and why I am going to play some Matt Nathanson today.....for my sister, for the hearing impaired, because he cares...and so do I!  Thanks Holly....I love you little sister!

6 comments:

hiswiserangel said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are a loving wonderful daughter, and I hurt for you, knowing what you're facing. But I also know God will keep the memories of those faces fresh in your heart and mind, an internal photo album. Still, much hugs to you, my friend.

Lisa Lane said...

Aww gee thanks! But I ask that you don't hurt for me...God gave me 50 years to collect visuals of some of the most beautiful things on earth...and the last 2 years of knowing to hang on to those precious visions..and recognize and appreciate them all the more...so I thank Him for what he has given, not what is being taken away...and I always have music....and that brings back so many beautiful visuals in my minds eye....I'm good hun...and if you had asked my mom when I was 16....she woulda gave me away...lmao!!!

hiswiserangel said...

Teenagers remind me why some animals eat their young.

Lisa Lane said...

It lasted till I was 30....lmao!!! Would I lie to you?

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