Living in color

Today I helped out at my daughter’s Girl Scout troop meeting. It’s fun, being able to do stuff like that. And I know she loves having me a part of it too.
But dang, you throw a mess of six year old girls at a table full of crafts, and you have a hearing challenge on your hands! They all want to talk at the same time and when they do, they don’t speak very loudly. So when my cochlear implant batteries died off halfway through, it really didn’t bother me too much. I was mostly relying on lipreading, body language, and facial cues either way. The girls mostly raised their hands when they needed help, and I was usually able to guess what they needed. Escorting a few girls to the restroom to wash the glue off their hands was quite the adventure. Just watching them all giggling and smiling was fun. It kind of felt like I was in a silent movie. Like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, but in color. So weird.
I will say, however, that it did pose some unwanted challenges as I was unable to chat with the adults. That will hopefully be the last time I forget to put on fresh batteries before heading out for the night!

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