For all practical purpose my mom is deaf, but, since her eye sight is excellent, I write simple messages to her. Moving her head slowly, she reads each word carefully, then pauses (processing, I presume) before responding, usually with a nod and occasionally with a few words.
Yesterday she said it all, all that she is feeling at this time in her life, all that she has always known in her life.
Just before I left I wrote, “God has been with you all of your life.” Pause….
“That’s true….Very grateful.”