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A Loss For Words Book Review

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1. Throughout A Loss for Words, Lou Ann discusses the impact of having deaf parents played in her and her sister’s childhood. Some examples include, being an interpreter and a guide for her parents while she was growing up, causing her to more of an adult rather than being a child (Walker, 1986, p. 2). Lou Ann never minded though she loved to feel important and to help her parents, along with her two sisters, with their business affairs. It was not always easy though Lou Ann says that, “in a few instances I was an unfaithful go-between,” for instance, “the garage mechanic who refused to serve them because [her parents] were deaf” (Walker, 1986, p. 21). As children of deaf parents, Lou Ann and her sister were apart of the deaf culture, but they were also the connection to the hearing world as well. Her parents would often look to her for clues in different situations such as a thunderstorm, someone walking into a room, etc., but they never tried to place any pressure on her it simply came naturally to Lou Ann to help her parents because they relied on her. If I were Lou Ann I probably would have done the same thing, no one should feel helpless and have no one that can help them accomplish tasks that need to be done.

2. When it came to interpreting for her parents, I think Lou Ann never interpreted to her parents the negative labels she heard people say about them, because she did not want to hurt their feelings. Although she could hear the negative things, such as, “’Huh, I didn’t think mutes were allowed to have driver’s licenses’,” it wasn’t necessary for her parents to know that was what the man behind the counter at the gas station had said (Walker, 1986, p. 9). In the book she recalls the, “Long ago [she’s] gotten used to hearing those kinds of comments, But [she] never could get used to the way they made [her] churn inside” (Walker, 1986, p. 9). I too would feel this way no matter what the negative label is and who it’s being said about, there is no reason other than ignorance to apply a label without truly understanding the situation. Not saying that everyone is ignorant or perfect, but that we are human and that, we should understand a situation and not just through out negative labels.

3. When comparing the relationship between Lou Ann’s maternal grandparents and their daughter to the relationship between Lou Ann’s paternal grandparents and their son, there is some contrast. Lou Ann’s paternal grandparents seem to through themselves into their church activities and ignore the problem. To make matters worse, when her H.T. her paternal grandfather wanted something conveyed to her father, he usually told her grandmother Nellie. He would say something like, “‘Tell the boy to chop some firewood,’ …without even looking [her] father in the face, and then he’s turn on his heel and leave the room” (Walker, 1986, p. 20). On the other hand, Lou Ann’s maternal grandparents were bewildered by...

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