An Italian mathematician, Geronimo Cardano , had a deaf son and began teaching him using the written word in the 1500s. Soon other parents brought their children to him for instruction. Then in Spain a monk and a priest took on the challenge to teach deaf children, the latter using a manual alphabet. In the 1700s, a Catholic priest in Paris Abbe Charles Michel de L’Epee established a free public school for the deaf using what we know as sign language today.
From one of these schools in Pennsylvania, my hero----in a new story I’ve written----Ezekiel hails. He studied there not because he couldn’t hear but because of his speech impediment, debilitating stutters. He and his mother traveled west to open a school for the deaf in Red River County in Texas where she’d grown up. Her brother had agreed to donate the home place for the endeavor.
One of his first pupils is the title character, a four-year-old named Harmony who lives in a farmhouse on the rolling prairies of the northeast corner of the state with her widowed mother and two aunts, the Parker sisters. All three are attracted to the new preacher-teacher, and little Harmony is head over heels herself.
I hope you’ll remember to look up SILENT HARMONY that launches January 23, 2018. Be blessed today and thank you for leaving a comment!
Do you know someone who's deaf? Can you communicate with them?
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