In a required weekly 'class' at Hiawatha Elementary School - the 8th Grade Seminar - we were presented with various situations and then asked how we would react to them in real life. (This was supposed to prepare us for high school, I suppose...)

One that I found particularly interesting was presented to us on the 2nd day of seminar. I was sitting next to a gothic-looking girl who appeared to be as much of a freak and an outcast as I was. (Yes, that proves important in a few moments...)

The guy leading the seminar that day asked us "If you had to become either blind or deaf, which would it be?"

I did not have to think long - I already knew my answer. So, when the seminar leader asked "Who would become deaf? Raise your hands." my hand stayed down. When the seminar leader asked the reverse, who would become blind, my hand and that of the goth girl beside me were the only two that raised.

Naturally, we were singled out for our explanations since we deviated from the mass.

My answer?
"Music. I could not bear to be left in complete silence for the rest of my life. I can learn to read braille, have computers that talk to me, and learn to navigate by feel or guide animal, but I fear I would truely lose my mind if I were in an enforced silence for the rest of my days. Furthermore, I am too entranced by voices to be able to live without hearing them."

And you? Which would you choose?


That goth girl later became my best friend - she and are still as close as ever, despite the fact that we are separated by 500+ miles.