Tim and Tess had a visitor. He was their cousin, Mitchell. Tim and Tess had prepared for his visit. They knew that Mitchell was deaf
. He had not been able to hear since he was just a few months old. Tim and Tess could talk to him easily. They used sign language.
Wendy asked Tim and Tess to teach her how to talk with Mitchell. She learned to sign a few phrases. She learned, "Hello"; "How are you?"; and "Would you like some lemonade?" Tim and Tess would be able to say anything else she needed to say.
The children talked about how hard it must be for Mitchell. Tim said, "Aunt Heather says we talk to each other all the time without using words."
"I don't think I know what you mean," said Wendy. "I talk to you all the time using words."
"Aunt Heather explained it to us," said Tess. "If you lost your voice, how would I know if you were sad?"
"You might look at my face," answered Wendy. "I might look sad or cry."
"And what if I wanted you to be quiet?" added Tim. "How might I show you and still be quiet myself?"
"You could put you fingers to your lips," answered Wendy.Paragraphs 9 to 17:
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