Deaf To Reason, Part 3

| Friendly | May 5, 2014

(Although I’m deaf, I can read lips rather well. I’m currently sitting at a bus stop, waiting on my bus and reading a book to pass the time. Sensing someone approaching, I glance up and smile politely at an elderly woman who has sat down beside me. I then return to reading only to feel the woman smack me on the arm several moments later.)

Me: *glances up, frowning mildly in confusion*

Woman: *clearly furious* “—rude to ignore someone! You should learn to respect your elders!”

(Realizing she’s been trying to talk to me, I open my mouth to respond, but she cuts me off before I can even try talking.)

Woman: “And don’t back-sass me, either! Honestly, your generation is so RUDE! I ought to—” *raises her hand as though to slap me*

Me: “I’m deaf.”

Woman: *blinks, frowns* “What?”

Me: “I. AM. DEAF.” *motions to my ears to get my point across*

Woman: “… Oh.” *stares for a second before sneering at me* “Well, how was I supposed to know? You look completely normal!”


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