Wednesday, 15 June 2011

You Already Knew...

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder




A woman I know--her name is Wendy—had been deaf since she was five years old. A while back, she underwent surgery to retrieve some of hear hearing. She still cannot hear as well as you and I. But, even with the limited world of sound which had been opened up to her, her life became an adventure in discovery. Things that you and I take for granted are awe-inspiring for Wendy.


When I saw Wendy on Wednesday evenings (she served at our church dinners), she would have something new to share about her learning experience. I was touched and immensely humbled by the beauty of ordinary life that, to her, was a new universe, bursting with audio color.


I wanted to share how Wendy’s experience touched me, and the only way I could think to do so was with this humble tribute to…Wendy. These discoveries were just a few of the discoveries that she mentioned.



You Already Knew


You already knew that
A soft drink can hisses when the tab is pulled,
A potato chip bag crinkles really loud when it’s opened,
Forks, spoons and knives clang when you open the silverware drawer,
Food makes a sizzling sound in a frying pan,
Your shoes make noise with every step you take,
Water makes a splashing sound when you pour it in a glass,
A toilet makes a swooshing sound when you flush it,
A door makes a thud when you close it.
I didn’t know that.


You already knew that
A car makes a noise when you start the engine then
Purrs as it’s running,
An airplane hums as it passes in the sky above,
A lawnmower roars as it glides over the grass,
A hammer pounding echoes loudly as it strikes a nail,
A fan buzzes as its blades turn,
A light switch makes a clicking sound when you flip it,
Scissors make noise as they cut paper,
Windows make noise when you open or close them.
I didn’t know that.


You already knew that
No two people have the same voice,
Dogs do not sound the same as cats,
Babies don’t sound like grown ups when they talk,
Different species of birds sing different songs or that birds make sounds at all,
Wind makes a soft sound when it blows through trees,
Rain makes a gentle sound when it hits the ground,
Gravel makes a crunching noise under your shoes.
I didn’t.


But the moon, sun and stars don’t make any sound after all.
I didn’t know that. But now I do.


















26 Comments:

Rick R Reed said...

What a beautiful tribute to not only your friend, but also to the wonder of our senses themselves. Your poem touched me deeply.

C. Zampa said...

Thank you for visiting, Rick! It's humbling to see these ordinary things as extraoridary.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Your poem is beautiful. I love it

Sylvie

C. Zampa said...

Sylvie, thank you! And thank you for visiting!

Harlie Reader said...

That was beautiful. You made me cry. We take some much for granted, you know.

C. Zampa said...

Hey, Harlie!
We sure do take a lot for granted. Life is a miracle, it truly is.

Thank you for visiting!

Marie Rose Dufour said...

Loved the poem. What a wonderful tribute to someone courageous, who probably doesn't think of herself that way. The things that we learn, when we just "listen".

Cassie Exline said...

Beautiful. Quite a tribute to show we don't know what we have until it's gone. Well done.

C. Zampa said...

Hi, Marie! Thank you for visiting!
You're right. Wendy doesn't see it all as courageous at all. For her, it's just a blast, a fantastic voyage if you will.

C. Zampa said...

Hello, Cassie!
Sure does make us grateful for it, doesn't it?

Thank you for visiting!

jessieblackwood said...

Beautiful, a poignant and timely reminder not to take our beautiful lives or any detail within them for granted.

Dorien/Roger said...

Very nice, Carol! Congratulations. Even those of us with all our senses miss so very much of life because we do not pause long enough to pay attention.

C. Zampa said...

Thank you for visiting, Jessie!
'Beautiful lives' is the key word. And, man, oh, man, do I ever take mine for granted. The experiences of ones like my friend make me stop and think.

Joylene Butler said...

Such a tender tribute to your friend and to the world of sound. I'm blessed by friends like you, Carol. You're constantly reminding me how fortunate I am.

Thank you. Have a lovely week.

Norma Nielsen said...

Oh that was beautiful... I loved it.

Nikolaos said...

We take so much for granted, and perhaps it takes something like this to make us wise. When an aspect of the world's mystery and magic is revealed to us afresh, we are humbled and made glad. Give thanks for what you have, for others might not have it.

Thanks for this, Carol.

Nikolaos said...

We take so much for granted, and perhaps it takes something like this to make us wise. When an aspect of the world's mystery and magic is revealed to us afresh, we are humbled and made glad. Give thanks for what you have, for others might not have it.

Thanks for this, Carol.

C. Zampa said...

Dorien, thank you for visiting.
You're right. We with the blessing of senses DO miss so much because we take them for granted.

Nice to see you!

C. Zampa said...

Hello, Joyelene. Hugs to you.
I, likewise, am blessed to have friends like you!

C. Zampa said...

Oh, Norma, thank you, sweet lady!

C. Zampa said...

Thank you, Nikolaos.
That's it, isn't it? It actually IS a mystery and magic, we've just gotten so used to it, we don't see that.
Hugs!

Sarah Ballance said...

Beautiful, Zampa! A great reminder for each and every one of us to appreciate the details, but done as only you can. ;c)

Taylor V said...

Reading your poem made me realize how truly insignificant are all the issues that have been stressing me out for the past week. It was the reality check I needed and most definitely helped me get my priorities straight.

Beautiful tribute to your friend, Carol.

C. Zampa said...

Thank you and hugs, Sarah!

C. Zampa said...

Hello, Taylor! Good to see you!
I know what you mean.
It truly does make you stop and think...and appreciate.

Joylene Butler said...

Carol, I have something for you on my blog.