This childhood photo of Mike with his older brother Steve is a favorite of the frames we have hanging on our walls. It’s a classic–Steve sporting a JAWS shirt and Mike wearing the old-fashioned hearing aids connected with wires–and complete with a “bra.”
(By the way, that “bra” was the envy of my very early years. My older deaf sister Amy also wore her hearing aids with the bra. I so wanted to be like her, and I would put it on and wear it proudly–much to my mother’s chagrin. My oldest sister Sara didn’t particularly appreciate it either when I would flaunt the bra in front of her friends, while also decked out in my Wonder Woman underoos. When it was confirmed that I had a profound hearing loss like Amy, I was fitted with behind-the-ear hearing aids, not a bra. Talk about injustice!)
But back to the photo…
“Daddy looks ‘high tech’ in that picture and Uncle Steve looks like a nerd,” Katie said with a smile.
(Sorry, Steve, but at least you don’t look nerdy now.)