hard_of_hearing_manRecently while having lunch at a local restaurant I overheard two older men talking with one another.  They exchanged stories about their golf and Bridge games and their escalating health problems–one with a hearing loss, Ben, and the other with a bum knee, Earl.

I thought they were probably old friends, but as the conversation progressed, I wasn’t so sure. Then they hauled out some photos of their families, including grandchildren and even a great-grandchild or two. They seemed bent on outdoing one another, especially Ben, the one with the hearing problem. His voice reached shouting volume! I know this can happen with people who don’t hear well. Pretty soon heads were turning in their direction. I heard a few customers yell, “Shush.”

About that time, Earl, the man with the bum knee, pointed to a picture of his wife Ruth. “With a catch in his throat he told Ben she had gone to heaven the month before.”

“Oh that’s nice,” Ben responded.  “I hope she has a good time!”

Earl was speechless. Poor guy! But then I smiled to myself. I could imagine Ruth was having a very good time.

Oh, Lord, we do say the darnedest things when we don’t know or can’t hear what’s going on. Fortunately, when we reach that stage, we can turn to you and know you will make all things work together for good––even those embarrassing moments.

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A Good Time — 8 Comments

  1. I just could NOT keep from laughing a little, even tho we do feel sorry for Earl. The word “time” just reminded me of a funny joke I am sure you have heard about the two older men walking down the street and one of them said he had some new hearing aids and they were just wonderful!! The other man asked him what kind they were. His Friend looked at his wrist and said, “eleven thirty”.

    ( you can ‘boo’ if you want to! )
    Margaret

  2. Smiling. Having had a hearing loss all my life, I can relate. That’s why I’m such a talker. I learned early that the more I talked, the less I had to struggle to hear.

    • Good point. I enjoy your talking–in person or in your writing. You always have something worthwhile to share.

  3. Spot on Karen. I’ve felt very good about some of the things that I have said especially to my youngins. But other times I wish I could reach my backside with my foot. Why in the world did I say that??? I knew it was the Lord and His guiding thinking about my foot. I have noticed that when I do say something that I shouldn’t have said it is usually something I was passionate about. Maybe it would behoove us a second thought before speaking when we get into a passionate discussion. I cite myself as the example.

    • I agree. I need to take back some of my words at times. Makes me think twice now before opening my mouth! 😀

  4. This hits close to home, Karen.

    I know I’ve developed a hearing loss and the thing that bothers me the most is when I don’t hear properly and make a response no one corrects me. Embarrassing, yes but I’m curious enough to want to know what was said anyway.

    May you days be blessed!

    • Ann, thanks for sharing your situation. My husband has a hearing loss too, so some of our conversations get quite humorous at times. 😀

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