This short poem, which is anonymous as far as we know, was shared with members of one of our Lipreading Classes. We know that managing all of the socialising over the festive period can be hard work when you are deaf or hard of hearing. Here is a small reminder of the little things that can make a big difference.
"Please don’t think I’m stupid if I don’t hear what you say, Please don’t laugh or mock or turn your head away. I’m trying really hard to make out each and every vowel, Every little sound, each whisper without seeing your face scowl. There’s no need for you to shout at me as if I’m miles away, Just talk nice and slowly, keeping impatience at bay. By talking quietly, clearly and facing me with a smile, I’ll feel a part of “chit chat”, at least for a while. With just a little kindness we all can understand, All it takes is love and patience, they both go hand in hand.”