I'm a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing kiddos. I long ago learned to stop trying to fit in, because somehow, I was born to stand out. Back when I was sixteen, I put my feet in the water at Christie Lake and took off barefooting. One summer day when I was nineteen, I turned to cross the wake, caught a toe and went cartwheeling on the water. In an instant, I went from hard of hearing to deaf.
Fast forward to March of this year-- I unwrapped my passion for barefoot water skiing again, thanks to 67-year-old Judy Myers and World Barefoot Champion, Keith St. Onge. The moment I placed my feet on the water-- I was hooked again.
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? In three days at the World Barefoot Center, I learned how barefoot backwards on shoe skis. Next up-- learning it on bare feet. All I know is that at the age of 45, I'm having fun. I hang out with a bunch of 60+ year-old barefooters who look like 21-year-olds out on the water.
When I'm not on the water, I work as a Sales Manager for ZVRS.com, a videophone company. I write for the Chicago Tribune TribLocal and the Tribune blog, Chicago Now-- and I blog at www.deafmomworld.com.
Like I tell my kids, "Life is too short to pout all the time."