When I was a young child, we didn’t have more than 3-4 TV channels, and I recall my mother being adamant that the TV was off certain hours of the day. Once, when I was older, I turned on TV during those “forbidden” hours and all the soap operas were on. I was never addicted to them, nor did I really enjoy them, but I do remember the titles and with my enjoyment of vocabulary and playing with double-meanings, I would sometimes watch a portion of one or another to try and figure out why the show was called what it was. One show was “As The World Turns”. It was the baby of Irna Phillips who also did “Guiding Light” and what Phillips often said when referring to the show was, “As the world turns, we know the bleakness of winter, the promise of spring, the fullness of summer and the harvest of autumn—the cycle of life is complete.”
I contemplated that when thinking about raising children. They start out as cells rapidly multiplying, blossom and grow under our care, and we release them to continue the cycle. Sort of like our seasons. There’s a beginning and an end. As deaf parents with hearing children, our lives are more enriched with our children because they bring a new dimension to the world around us that we would otherwise miss out on, and they bring it through a child’s eyes.
As the child hears, so we see, live, teach, and raise up the child to go out into the world and contribute to it as a successful adult. Like anything else, it is a journey, and like a soap opera, there are ups and downs, joy and tears, ease and struggle. Such is reality, and such is life, but all is good in the end!