Cotton in My Ears, excerpt from
- Squier, Harriet
- Date of entry: Nov-17-1998
The author describes her experience of growing up with hearing loss. In this excerpt, she describes herself as a six year old orphan who is being raised by two aunts. Young Frances tries to hide her hearing loss from her aunts because she is afraid they will recognize that she is inferior or useless and get rid of her. She invents an invisible friend who chooses to hear what he wants to and who doesn't feel ashamed of this disability.
Ordinary Lives: Voices of Disability and Disease
Irving Kenneth Zola