Dear my best boy,
I guess this letter will start with sadness and end in celebration much like your hearing journey. I want so much for you and I’m afraid that in the chaos we call life I might forget to tell you all of these things. So here it is.
You were born without the ability to hear. It completely broke my heart and shattered everything I believed should be the perfect first-time-mum world. It took me a while to accept that the songs I had sung (badly) to you or the shushing I made as I soothed you in the night, you had never heard. I blamed myself, your dad, pregnancy, things I shouldn’t have eaten, things I should have eaten, even the loud music from the festival I took you too whilst carrying you in my belly. In reality there was nothing we could have done differently, you were just not meant to have proper ears.
You’ve now had your “magic ears” for 3 years and WOW what an epic experience it has been. These years have been completely life changing, I don’t ever think I will get over how incredible they have been. I owe everything to the science behind the surgery you had and your implants and I cannot imagine our lives without you being able to hear.
I will always be your biggest cheerleader and fan. When you spoke your first proper word just 10 weeks after having your magic ears switched on I could have exploded with pride.
You love to listen. In fact you are a total eavesdropper and join in on the conversations you’re not involved in on a regular basis, you don’t miss a trick.
Your speech is mind blowing. The day a speech therapist told me she wouldn’t need to see you anymore after just one session I felt so honoured to have such an incredibly clever little boy, it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Sometimes I want to freeze this moment, where everything is perfect and you are thriving but I know that as you continue to grow, you might come across obstacles and it is going to dawn on you that you are different. I hope that you take it well and you see your uniqueness as a quirk, a rarity and something to be celebrated. There is nobody else like you and I just hope you can love yourself as much as everybody around you does.
It can be difficult for people to understand the fact that I wouldn’t change you for the world. I mean I would change silly things like, I wish you would sleep through an entire night uninterrupted, but I wouldn’t change you and your magic ears. It is just what makes you Harry.
I’ll always love you,