Thursday, July 11, 2013

Living in Anticipation

I have been living in Anticipation, - a wonderful place to reside!
They say that Anticipation is 90% of pleasure, but I'm here to tell you that's not true in all cases.
I have been looking forward to the day when my hearing aids arrive, and yesterday was the day when all my anticipation turned into the sound of birds singing, bees buzzing, the summer breeze gently moving the leaves of the trees in the garden,  and the trickle of water running through the fountain. 
Oh glory be, what pleasure.
We went to Penticton for a mid-morning appointment.  A gorgeous day, - blue skies
summery clouds, small twitches of anticipation.

a summer mist around the lake

a small deer sauntering across the road, and into the forest

How  fabulous it is to be able to hear people talking without them having to raise their voices
a number of decibels, - for them, as well as for me....  My daughter arrived
for morning coffee today, greeting me in the usual tones she has been accustomed to
because 'mother doesn't hear'....... but this morning
mother heard, and it was quite deafening!

Such a treat not to have to guess what all that 'mumble' was about -
nor to have the anxiety that accompanies your interpretation of that was said
in case you make a complete fool of yourself.

And to hear the waitress who whispers when she comes to take your order......
I am reveling in music I have not been able to hear adequately for such a long time.
It is not perfect, but the audiologist tells me that with persistence and constant wear
the brain will soon acknowledge that this is part of the whole pattern
and will accommodate and improve reception.
Well, I shall certainly be persistent and pop them into my ears every morning
first thing when I awaken.
A further pleasure accompanies the wearing of these particular aids.
Partly they are the ones Charles wore, with only a different 'carrier bud' added,
so that when I tuck them around my ears they are as sweet
as a rose, or a sprig of lavender that I carry with me all through the day.
I have other lovely things in the Land of Anticipation
which I will tell you about some other time.

Right now I am going to go and sit in the shade, with a book, where I
can hear the birds conversing, a pine cone drop to the ground
and the swish of roller-blades as the neighbourhood children float by.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm so happy for you! And love that you are able to use part of the ones Charles wore. Had to laugh at your daughter's (now)loud voice...but that showed you quickly how well the aids are working. That and being able to hear the birdsong. Delightful news.

Barb said...

I'm tearing up in pleasure at your happiness, Hildred. (And of course, that Charles is once again a part of it.) To hear once again - such a miracle. I'm glad it's yours to enjoy!

Penny said...

Such a happy post, I am so glad for you, and that you have a little bit of Charles with you.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I wear a hearing aid too Hildred so can relate only too well to what you say. - bird song, music, quiet voices - suddenly all is clear again.
I am about to go and get one for my other ear as the hearing is going in that ear now.

Reader Wil said...

I am so happy to read your hearing aids are giving you an important part of your life back and.... that you are able to use the ones Charles was wearing. Especially for you who love music, it is so wonderful to listen again to your favourite composers, which are by the way the same I like best.I wish you a happy time with the hearing aids.
Wil, ABCW Team.