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Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's Friday '55'--"BLIND WILL SEE--DEAF WILL HEAR"


THE TELLATOUCH
 
Children loved him
And his 'talking machine'.

Around him
They gathered...
On beaches, piers, islands, mountains--
In warm Gulf waters.

They typed letters,
Learning to spell.
His finger
On opposite side
Read braille symbols
Which corresponded
To bright-keyed alphas.

Children adored my father--

Deaf-blind

Who gave them always
A story--and a smile.

--steveroni 

Write something in exactly 55 words, 
tell G-Man about it, he answers ALL!
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41 comments:

Cindybrown said...

This really touches my heart. I work in a Special Education class, I have 3 kids in my class who have a dynovox which speaks for them. 2 kids are nonverbal and the other is hearing impaired. This is the way they communicate. If people only realized we all need to communicate no matter what we use to do it with. Great story.

blogoratti said...

Beautiful and interesting read...we all communicate in diverse ways.

Katherine said...

Hey there Steveroni... this was heartwarming & beautiful to read. As a person whom grew up with a brother with a disability, having 2 sons with learning impairments & working in the disability sector itself, I can truly appreciate the sentiment behind these words. Thanks for sharing this with us...lovely!!

Brian Miller said...

wow. your dad sounds like a really cool guy...would have fascinated me as a kid...perhaps even today...smiles. wonderful 55 steve...

clean and crazy said...

that was about the sweetest thing i have read all night, and it makes the world go round. great 55

Teresa said...

How wonderful! I always found my neighbor's braille fascinating.

G-Man said...

This is where your Virtuocity comes from...
Excellent 55 Stevo.
Your Pops sounded like a cool guy.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

TALON said...

Fabulous 55! And fascinating, too. Your father sounds like a really neat man.

joanny said...

Steve:
Beautiful write, it is odd how I was having a similar conversation with a blind friend yesterday, where surgery IF she can ever afford it may be possible for some sight, in the mean time she has a talking computer, -- my mother was hearing impaired.
You go your gift and talent from you Dad.

Lovely,
Joanny

Dianne said...

I'm a bit confused by the brief reference to the technology of the bright key alphas. but the reading and the children held me...

quilly said...

Sweet. I love your tribute to your father, and the reminder that even those perceived as less than whole have infinite value in God's kingdom.

steveroni said...

Dianne...not really 'tech' stuff. Just a typewriter which gives the reader (deaf-blind guy) a braille symbol so he can have communication with a sighted Peep. OK?

Thanks for dropping by!

moondustwriter said...

Steve - Sounds like a great guy who used what some think a disability to endear children to him and accept disability.

A heartfelt 55

Moon smiles my friend

Rómulo Vela Cervantes said...

Hola Steveroni! Interesting exercise, a write something in 55 words, I enjoy your blog, best wishes! :D

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I love him too, just from a few brief words on this blog I love and am fascinated by the man.

Love and understanding can show through so easily sometimes. Even when we ourselves don't fully understand.

Writing from someone elses perspective, the kids, well it just makes the spirit of your dad glow! :)

drybottomgirl said...

Very touching Steve. And I can believe it was fascinating as a child. I bet your father "heard and saw" much more clearly than the rest of us ever will......

izzy said...

How cool- Thanks !
good one, very unique.
Heartwarming.

Mama Zen said...

This is really sweet!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

awesome 55. Mine is up this week too. Yeah i'm back.

Akelamalu said...

What a lovely tribute to your father. He sounds an amazing man.

Claudia said...

this is awesome steve - think it's one of my favorites of you - you really had a deaf-bling dad? wow - and a man who attracted the kids - looks like you come after him when it comes to attract people

Cosima said...

,,, Yes, a smile and a story ... the smile marks the appearance .. the children felt good ... Then words come into the heart, to comfort, relax, enjoy it ... whether written or felt ...
Steveroni ... thank you for submitting this feeling ....
Cosima.

Stranger said...

Wow. This 55 is beautifully written! True story? Your dad sounds extremely interesting and cool. And you're a musician? That makes me more curious about both your and his stories. Very nice.
I like what you write, my friend.

Eric Alder said...

That one made me smile - a sweet 55!

gospelwriter said...

Ah, a beautiful and touching story about a special man, I love it!

Syd said...

Your dad must have been a neat fellow.

Arija said...

love your tribute to your father, love your poetry and pictures.

By morning I will be gone out into orbit, far from internet range, Glory be!

Thanks for coming by and saying such nice things.

Mimi Valentine said...

Beautiful, it humbles me that some people have very little but they give so much.Makes you want to be better, bless your father.

Me said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad. Nice 55!

PS - Congrats on post of the week, too! :)
-C

Ces said...

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

You are so sweet! You are like pure cane sugar, agave syrup or honey. I really enjoy your visits and comments and I am so happy to see you meeting my friends. Aren't they the best? Oh but now you are one of them!

What a lovely tribute to your father. Truly honoring thy father.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ces said...

Oh I meant to say THANK YOU!!!

Yours truly,
Cesaroni

hope said...

How cool is that?! Nicely told!

Everyday Goddess said...

Beautifully expressed, your father's nature and your love for him!

I gave you one of my weekly awards which you can collect if you like at my place.

Jannie Funster said...

Firstly, I love your new header.

Secondly, I love your 55.

Thirdly, you so totally rock as a human being. Heck, you'd even rock as a rock, I'm sure! :)

xo

Dulce said...

hummmmm Adorable fathers make adorable children...
;)

RNSANE said...

This was the most touching, beautiful post, Steveroni. Your father was remarkable...and so are you.

Scott said...

nice story, Mr. Roni! Dad sounds like an amazing man, must be where you got it from!

Prayer Girl said...

Love your blog.

HERE IS MINE

PG

Lena said...

What an amazing read....and an amazing dad!

My younger kid was getting taught sign language at his youth club until he grew too old for it. Previously knew a few of his own one's, mind you!

Crown of Beauty said...

In just a few words you have caught my heart, Steve... what a special upbringing it must have been for you, with such a father.

Thanks for sharing this with us!

Lidj

Kristen Haskell said...

The world can be such a wondeful place when you meet others who will embrace your individuality no matter how or why it came to you. I love your poem/story and congratulations on a very well deserved and earned award.

BTW thanks for stopping by and reading part one of Framescape. I hope you will follow as I post new parts. Also, if ever there is something you don't care for or any constructive crit I would be very happy to hear your thoughts.