I heard an interview on NPR this morning with Sean Forbes, a 29-year-old rapper from Michigan who lost his hearing as a baby. I had to get out of the car for the middle portion of the story, so I wasn’t sure how he had gone deaf. But I had a hunch. I got back in the car for the end of the story and googled him on my Blackberry. I was right-- he had meningitis at about a year old. Now he has a major record deal, has created a nonprofit for deaf performers, and is being interviewed on Weekend Edition. Very inspiring. Goddamn it.
I drove the rest of the way home in hot, rib-shaking tears.
Given her big spirit and her already-obvious intelligence, there’s just no telling what Hudson might have done, even if she’d lost her hearing. She deserved the chance. She deserved a long, beautiful life. We deserved a long life with her in it.
It’s just so ridiculously unfair.