Liz’s Story, Hearing Romeo and Juliet
Have you met Liz yet?
Liz recently retired from being a high school English teacher. She thought that retirement would be more fun, with a lot of travel and adventures, but herhearing loss has kept her closer to home than she would like. Liz feels self conscious about wearing a hearing aid — thinking they will make her look old, and besides who can afford one anyway? Luckily, her friend Anne gave her Hearing Central’s information. Liz recently purchased the MyRIC hearing aidsfor vibrant lifestyles like her’s, and she’s ready for a European trip of a lifetime!
For today’s adventure, Anne announces that she has a huge surprise. They are going to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to see Romeo and Juliet performed! Liz does everything she can to look excited, but she’s trying hard to hold back tears.
One of Liz’s great loves is the theater, but the last time Liz went to a play she just couldn’t hear anything the actors were saying. She asked her husband to repeat lines through the first act, but then gave up. She was annoyed and so was he. It was a painful experience that she does not want to be reminded of on her dream trip to London. Anne knows Liz too well and asks what’s going on. Liz tells her with a sad smile. “Never mind that, Liz,” says Anne, “You’re MyRIC hearing aids are on the job, and I know you are hearing better than you have in years.”
After Liz realized that Anne had a great point, she cheered up and off they went to the Globe. What an amazing experience it was too! Liz had taught Romeo and Juliet to hundreds of students, and she had begun to associate the masterpiece with adolescents stumbling through the prose and grading term papers. Being in the Globe Theater erased all of that as she was transported to Elizabethan England. The sights and sounds were so vibrant that she asked Anne to pinch her to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. The actors were flawless and their performance on that stage was so powerfully moving that she cried as if it were the first time she had ever heard the tragic tale. Thankfully, Anne – the good Girl Scout that she was – had plenty of tissues!
Liz heard every word of her favorite passage from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet –
“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
Oh, that she knew she were!”
That play was something Liz would never forget as long as she lived.
As they left the theater, Liz hugged Anne and said thank you for encouraging her to get her hearing loss taken care of. She realized that life is just too precious to sit around feeling sorry for herself.
Next up – join us for a trip to the English countryside to visit the home of Jane Austin!
What adventures have you and your hearing aids been on? Email us about your Adventures in Hearing at: Explore@HearingCentral.com.