O.K., so not really. Although I "was" given a home phone number :) Trey and I were shopping at Trader Joe's today (and if you are not familiar with the store, that's a whole 'nother blog post), and we were in the checkout line, when a woman came up and stood right next to me. So close in fact, that I felt really uncomfortable. I finally looked to the side of me, and she looked right at Trey and asked- "Does that work for him?".
It was very clear that this was also a HOH/deaf woman. My immediate thought was, " Am I going to get a lecture about implanting my child", because she was definitely older, and to TOTALLY generalize, I assumed she would be disapproving. But no- she is bilaterally implanted and truly LOVES her implants. Conversation was somewhat tough, because she was a bit hard to understand, and the store was *really* busy (loud), so she had a hard time hearing me. I used a combination of voice and my preschool level signs and we had a great conversation. She was the first adult to be implanted simultaneously at our local hospital. She was very proud, and so wanting to chat. I was sad to see that we were already through checkout. I will say she was also VERY quick to hand me her business card(w/ home #) and asked if I drank tap water- She was selling water filters, but I prefer to think she just wanted to connect-LOL.
We also attracted the attention of an elderly couple in the line next to us. The man/husband asked if Trey had a phone on his ear (um, no...he's only four), but his wife quickly corrected him saying "it's a cochlear implant". He told me he had retired from a university that had been researching the technology, way back when. He and his wife just kept marveling at Trey's implant. They were truly in awe that they were watching a deaf child communicate somewhat seamlessly (that said, it *was* Trey who did not do so hot at his last IEP- I was wishing they were seeing Emily. But that said, even Trey's 'still delayed' performance blew them away).
It's funny how that happens- we have days where I spend tons of time explaining to, bonding with, feeling proud of EVERYTHING, and so many others where my kids are just one of the many kids around, nothing different *at all* . I LOVE that!