From Down on the Corner
One of the things I’ve tried to do with you when I am showing the Bluestone that belongs to the Deaf Children Australia is attempt to put yourself into the shoes of the children that went there, especially for the first time.
Through the trees you can see the Bluestone. The building on the left would not have been there and when you stood on this spot the bluestone is all you would have seen. The tram stop is on this corner behind you, on St Kilda Road from the city, also on High Street coming from the Eastern suburbs.
I tried to get some white noise to play on here, but couldn’t work out how to do it, so maybe you might want to do a search and find some so you can do this exercise.
I want you to imagine that you are around 6 years old, and you are deaf. The silence you see in this image is real. You can’t hear the rustling of the leaves, or the birds singing in them. You can’t hear the traffic, it is all silent. You might be standing here with your mother or your father, maybe both. They could be holding your hand. You can’t talk to them, they don’t understand you, and you don’t understand them. You don’t know why you are standing here, you don’t know what this means. There is a great big building up ahead, and you have no idea what that building will mean for you.
I want you all to close your eyes and put yourself into that place, stand on that corner and try to imagine what it was like for that child who could have been you.
If you feel the need to write something about that, please pass it along. I would love to hear what you think.