Wednesday, November 3, 2010


This morning, I went to the gas station for a tea, like I do way too often! The cashier at the counter was not one I’d met before. He was obviously very tired. He looked at me, scratched his head, and mumbled… something. I looked at him questioningly and I motioned my finger to my ear while shaking my head—indicating that I'm Deaf.

He didn’t miss a beat. He leaned across the counter, moistened his chicken lips and yelled, "DO YOU HAVE GAS????"

I looked over at him, glanced around at the other staring patrons, and yelled back, "NO! MY MEDICATION IS STARTING TO WORK, THANK YOU!!!" The look on his face was priceless!

This isn't the first time this has happened to me (even with the same question). I’ve always had a witty retort. Sometimes I’ve whispered them out of the corner of my mouth, but usually I’ve just kept them deep inside the eccentric confines of my head. But this morning I was feeling good. Didn’t have any worries about the day. And I decided to finally express myself in the way I felt I should. I finally decided to yell back. And, I’ll tell you something: It felt wonderful!!!

No, shouting at a deaf person will not help rectify his hearing “problem.” But it might get you a reaction you’d better be prepared to receive.


  1. Wish I was as quick! Here's another one: NO, IT WASN'T ME. MAYBE IT'S YOU!

  2. Loved it, Michele. I usually think of my comebacks long after the moment has passed.

  3. Good one.

    Hmmm, what's a good comeback to "MAY I HELP YOU?!"

  4. I try to have a witty comeback with hearing folks also...yours was great. :-)

  5. Off the top of my head, if they are screaming it at you, perhaps you could say something like, "HALLELUJAH! YOU JUST DID! I CAN HEAR!!!!"

    OK, not my best work, but it's still early here.