Given the choice between having to live the rest of my life without my voice, or living the rest of my life without the ability to hear, I would choose…
My voice. This was the easiest question so far. You see, I don’t like hearing my own voice but having to give up hearing all the things that I have grown so accustomed to would be difficult. Not impossible because people the world over have to do it everyday. Losing my voice would affect others more so than me. Losing my hearing would directly effect me.
People would have to do without hearing my voice but I would forever have to do without hearing my favorite songs, laughter, children, Morgan Freeman’s narration of almost every nature documentary ever made except the ones James Earl Jones did, that noise when the Emergency Alert System goes for a test, a friend’s hello, my favorite instrument – the piano, a wife’s I love you, the theme song from Doctor Who, sounds of love making, birds chirping, someone trying to get away with farting on a crowded elevator, the slight delay in hearing the bat hit the ball after you see the ball flying through the air, trying to quickly skim past Nancy Grace but knowing full well her voice will make it through as you channel surf.
I would have to deal with not being able to hear the mailman’s truck while he’s down the street so I can grab my mail and packages and run out to meet him, thus saving me a trip to the post office. I would miss the sound of the jerk chicken I’m gonna grill tonight with broccoli and quinoa. I would not hear James say, “Bond, James Bond.” I would miss Picard’s “Make It So”, Lt. Columbo’s peculiar way of annoying murder suspects, Princess Buttercup, Prince Humperdink, Wesley and every famous line from The Princess Bride. I would miss out on hearing the voices of any blogging friends I might meet later in life, the power of the space shuttle take-offs and so much more. Good, bad or smelly, hearing is what I would want to keep and the vocal cords is what I would be willing to give up.
I am very thankful to have use of all my senses and faculties.