As a hearing person, I often take for granted information that I gather about my surroundings and what is happening through sounds. Some obvious things that come to mind include fire alarms, emergency vehicle sirens, oven timers, horns honking, etc. However, recently, our household has had a couple of situations that have left an impression on me and what I take for granted in my environment.
One afternoon, both kids were down for a nap. I was busy in the kitchen and the honey was outside loading recyclables in the truck to take the recycling center. All of a sudden a blaring, honking noise filled the air. The first thing I thought was "please don't wake the kids!" I scurried outside to see what the commotion was about. The headlights on the truck were flashing on and off and the horn was honking continuously. My honey dear's bottom half was sticking out the side of the truck as he calmly organized the bins in the truck, unaware of the cacophony surrounding him. He had the keys in his pocket and had accidentally hit the "panic" button.
His face changed as he saw me frantically running towards him. I tried to explain what was happening, but it was faster just to grab the keys and push the panic button again.
Ahhh... happy silence.
The honey stood there, confused. He knew something had happened, just didn't fully know what all it entailed. Luckily, the munchkins slept through it.
Later that same night, I put our 2-year-old to bed. Recently, she has been more reticent about going to bed.
Me: "Mommy and Daddy and baby brother are all going to bed now, too. Good night, love you!"
And then an electronic sound "doodle-ooo" (I have no idea how to represent this sound, just play along please).
2 year old: "Daddy TV!"
Yep, that electronic sound was from our man-sized LED TV. Busted! We have had the thing for 3 years now and I have become quite familiar with the sound of the TV going on and obviously my 2-year-old is on top of that as well, but my honey had no idea.
When he first got it, I might have told him it made the sound, but that would probably have been the only time he would have ever known and 3 years later...
no way to remember that.
He had no idea that he had just helped to provide evidence to build a case that mommy was a big, fat, liar!
Sometimes it is the little things that I take for granted. Tidbits of information that most of the time are inconsequential, but at the right time, they are invaluable!