Deaf and Dumb

I’m a firm believer that things are put in front of you for a reason.

I’ve been having a challenging time as of late, mostly pertaining to my hearing loss.

So when I encountered a man who could neither hear nor speak in the supermarket, I knew it was no accident.

There he was, searching the aisles for honey cake, frustrated he couldn’t find it.  Instead of just moseying along, the man started to cry.

Mind you, he was in his 40s, with a Dom Deluise face that would break your heart without tears.

A worker goes to help, looking at a sheet of looseleaf paper he’s holding like the Magna Carta.

“We don’t have that,” she nicely says.

He wails louder.

I couldn’t just watch.  I gently approach him and say, “Why not get another kind.  What about lemon, or pound cake?  I know they have those.”

He tries to speak but can’t, but I can see by his expression, it’s honey cake or nothing.

Not knowing how to help him, I dig out my rusty Catholicism and say a prayer.

“God, I know this is a busy week for you, but would you help this man for heaven’s sake?”

Just then, the nice girl comes over with an Entenmann’s Pound Cake and a jar of honey.

He looks at both tenderly, and finally, stops crying.

I leave humbled knowing, whatever’s going on in one’s life, it can always be a lot worse.

To quote Winston Churchill…If you’re going through hell, keep going.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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28 Responses to Deaf and Dumb

  1. micklively says:

    I can’t subscribe to your view on fate: what would be the mechanism?
    But I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, just the same. 😉


  2. Keep that kindness going we need so much more of it these days. :O)

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  3. There is something about a Dom Delusie face that pulls extra hard on the ole heart strings. I can’t imagine the frustration in not being able to express myself for something so simple as cake. It’s like playing an endless game of charades with a group of people who suck.
    I am a firm believer in these messages being sent at just the right time.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, cake and honey, what a simple solution. I hope he appreciated the kindness that surrounded him.
    No matter how bleak the day, there are always those trudging through a much darker day.

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  5. Gail Kaufman says:

    This made me cry. I feel awful when I see people hurting in public. I know it’s not just the emotional upset but the humiliation too. I saw a teenage boy crying the other day, and it broke my heart.

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    • He would have floored you then. He was so childlike in his needy innocence. The poor guy only wanted cake of his liking. Loved the girl who came up with the solution. She shouldn’t be working in a supermarket with such special, sensitive skills. The whole episode was very moving.


  6. What a touching story! I’m sure it wasn’t an accident that you were there, ready to help if you could. You did exactly the right thing in saying a prayer. That could have been a key part in the nice girl’s finding the solution. I know it can’t be proved, but still….


  7. Honey and pound cake? He was easy to satisfy once she figured it out.

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  8. Patricia says:

    Prayer was answered. Amen.

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  9. Alva Chinn says:

    Dearest Susannah, sometimes you just slay me with your authenticity! It appears that your hearing loss has engendered a truly caring and thoughtfulness that you had shared with me when you first shared your loss with me. You have blossomed into such a clear and compassionate advocate. Bravo! And yes your prayers were answered so that you could see how prayer and a loving heart are amongst the most powerful attributes we humans have to share. Namaste for sharing this truth.

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