I’m posting something today that is a little out of my norm, but it’s something I’ve been sharing with parents in a word document for years now and I want to have a central place for people to find it, especially because tomorrow I’ll be on the Child’s Voice podcast sharing about these questions. (Hello to anyone who’s come here from the podcast!) If you don’t have a kid with hearing loss, this isn’t super pertinent (but if you know someone with hearing loss who’s considering a cochlear implant- feel free to pass it along!). If you are in the deep with CI brands, processor options and facing a surgery for your child or yourself, well then, I hope this helps! This is what I wish I’d had when I was in your shoes all those years ago…
I was also able to carry him with me in that party. His name was on our front door, on our lips, and in our minds. His spirit was felt in every corner of our house, and with it his cheer and delight was there too. For the first time since his death the joy of his spirit was prominent, above the sadness of his absence.
A few years ago I wrote a post about how I wasn't super thankful after Liam's first cochlear implant surgery. It was honest and true. I was encouraged to submit that piece to the awesome collaborative blog Coffee + Crumbs. I was conflicted about submitting it though because what was honest and true then, was no longer the truth now. So I added a little epilogue, an update on my thoughts and feelings about Liam's cochlear implant four years later. This updated essay is featured today on the Coffee + Crumbs site. I'd love it if you checked it out.
Sing, Unburied, Sing won all kinds of awards last year and I was super excited to see it hit my library reserve list. This novel is beautiful, brutal and simple. It tackles all kinds of challenging topics and does it with the simplest story line. A woman and her two children drive across the state to pick up their father who is getting out of jail. By and large the story takes place over the course of 48 hours, but it’s got some flashback and even a supernatural element splashed in (which I’m not usually here for, but it was really effectively done). It was an incredible story, worth all the accolades and one I’d definitely recommend.