Deaf Siblings, Hearing Families By John Walker

Living between two worlds

Lisa, life at home

Transcript for 'Lisa, life at home':

LW - My sister, while we were growing up, and I always played parallel games. Whatever she did, I did the same. But there was a point when I was 9, 10 or 11 years old, when the family started nattering away with each other.

WD - Were you talking with them?

LW - No I didn't.

WD - Your sister did?

LW - Yes. Before we use to play together with dolls, pushing the pram - things like that. That was push aside for 'talking together'. When I sought for attention, I was told to wait, while they carried on talking with each other. I just felt isolated.

At one point, we were sitting round together for a 'sing a long'. I watched them singing away, while I didn't have a clue what they were on about. They went round one by one until it was my turn to sing. I looked to my sister for help, and she said, "yes you can do it, you know the song, London's Burning. Try that one." So, I tried to sing London's Burning and I had not a clue what I sounded like. My family would nod their heads while I sang along but it just didn't feel right. I realised, for the first time, that I am different from my family.

I got on well with my sister, but we were not terribly close.

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