interesting article posted today at Deaflion. It reminded me of my own childhood (that's me to the right) with big, clunky hearing aids. Whenever I went into the audiologist to get new earmolds, I would ask for bright molds - purple, and pink and swirls. Why did I want bright colors? Well, there was the usual reason any child likes things with bright colors on them. But there was also the fact that bright colors made people more aware of my aids. I did not have to explain to them when they could see what was right in front of their eyes. And I was proud of myself that I had this way of expressing myself that other children did not. No other child could "paint" their ears the way I could.
Of course, children have it easier. Kids have much less self-doubt and self-consciousness that adults have. But I am trying to recapture that happiness I had as a child, that confidence that I was a perfectly fine person no matter what. It is something we should all strive for, I think.