Monster has been having hearing problems lately. Last week at baseball, he could barely hear a thing, then add a helmet to that. He gets up and hits a foul ball. He runs to first. People are yelling at him to go back, but he can't hear them. It's not until he gets to first, makes eye contact with the first base coach and the coach uses hand signals that he understands he needs to go back. In the stands, parents were yelling and laughing. My heart was breaking. At that point, I was thankful he couldn't hear.
Here's what those people don't know. Monster failed his hearing test. He has significant hearing loss in his left ear and some loss in his right. He's pretty much been lip reading for the past two weeks. Would that make a difference in these people's reactions? And if it does, why should it? He's just a little boy. It's just a game.