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Sound Of Music

Sound Of Music

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When the bundle was nestled in their arms, they moved the fold of cloth to look upon her tiny face. They cried tears of joy, because their greatest fear was proven untrue. The baby was born perfect. Shirish and Jia both were born deaf and mute. When they met, in the school for the disabled, they instantly felt a connection and knew that they should be there for each other. It had been five blessed years into their marriage and they realized that they were ready to take their relationship to the next level by trying their hand at becoming parents. However they had one constant worry. What if their child also was born with the same disabilities as them?

But their fears were unfounded and the doctors managed to convince them of the same. Thus was Sifat’s entry into their lives. They knew her life wouldn’t be easy, a succession of heartbreaks. But she grew up beautiful in her misfortune.

 

Before she could learn to speak, she learnt how to sign. Up until she went to school, the only children she hung out with the children of her parent’s other deaf and mute friends. But as she grew up she was riddled with questions about how her parents were different from others. But she was brought up well, she was constantly aware of the daily battles her parents fought to keep her happy and was keen on seeing their dreams fulfilled.

 

Everyone knew her parents because they worked for the government. Being very congenial, they quickly grew on everyone. Granted, most people thought they were dumb because they were deaf. When they quickly passed all the certification and finished all their work before everyone else they stopped being quite so friendly and were a bit more envious.

 

Deaf culture is a very vibrant and dynamic entity, mostly because their language is always changing and new words are always being invented. The culture is hugely varied and very complex. From the power of deaf poetry and performance art, to the little known cult of promiscuity that exists, and to the major deaf organizations in every town and every state – it’s a many and varied thing.

 

Also, she was granted privy to many adult things long before she needed to know about them. She understood how to set up a bank account and why she needed to start saving early and planning for retirement and even how to buy a house. She knew all of this at age 14 and it’s stuck with her ever since.

 

While growing up, she developed a gift, a talent for literature and music. She always knew that this was a gift that her parents could never enjoy. But she still aimed to thrive in it,win it. She entered herself in the National Singing Competition. Her parents traveled all over the country with her as a part of the competition and made sure she didn’t miss a rehearsal or neglect her health. They couldn’t hear her, but in their hearts knew she had a sweet voice. They imagined her voice and cried tears of joy. Needless to say, by their silent prayers and her consistent hard work, she won the National Competition. Through her and her victory, they had lived their dream.


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