Love in Isolation, Day Three, Ellis

Day Three
Ellis

Dear Bronte,

Thank you for replying to my email. After only a few days in captivity I feel somewhat desolate and alone. Your email brightened my otherwise dull day. Ha. I know we’re not really in captivity, like an animal at a zoo, but I’m sure you know what I mean.

Speaking of animals, do you have any? I’m on a waiting list for a service dog. I had Millie for thirteen years but she passed away last year. At first, I couldn’t even think about getting a new dog, even though they’re helpful for people like me. Millie was my best friend. (I’m tearing up just writing this.) She was a cocker spaniel and the best girl in the world. With this crisis, I’m not sure when a new dog will be available. I’m looking forward to the companionship. That’s what I miss the most.

To answer your question, yes, I was born deaf. For the hearing world, it’s probably hard to imagine what that’s like. However, please do not be sad for me. I’ve never known anything else. For me, this is perfectly normal.

I enjoy fiction more than I could ever explain, as I’m not a writer and clever with words. I read mostly thrillers. I’m especially partial to secret agents and spies. I’m fairly certain I’ll never have an adventure like that in real life! It doesn’t matter, though, does it? Readers can live a thousand lives. I can’t remember who said that but I saw it on a meme recently. I think anyway.

Regarding television, I have a wide range of interests. I love cop shows, sitcoms and romantic comedies. I’ll definitely check out the one you mentioned.

I’m sorry you’re sad about your students. This is such a strange thing to have happened. I’m not sure how any of us are supposed to process this new world. I’m sure they miss you as much as you miss them. Have you been able to make any progress on your online curriculum? It seems difficult but maybe you’re so clever it will come easily?

Why did you become a teacher? I’ve always thought it was the hardest profession in the world.

I don’t know if I chose computer programming or if it chose me. When one has a natural ability, it becomes obvious that it’s the best route to take, as there’s always work and it pays well. My poor mother worried if I’d ever be able to function in the hearing world. She had no idea how equipped I was for it. Even now, during this crisis, I have work. Mom and Dad were proud of me. They’re both gone now. I have no siblings, which means no nieces or nephews. I’d like to have children someday, although I worry I’m getting too old. How about you? Do you dream of having a family?

How is your mother doing? My elderly neighbor is fine so far. We text several times a day. He told me this morning to stop fussing over him like a mother hen. That made me laugh. I know he doesn’t mean it. Living alone during isolation is hard for anyone. Maybe he and your mother could correspond as we’re doing? They might enjoy each other, as we’re doing. Just a thought.

I suppose that’s enough for now. My work tasks are piling up this morning. It seems work is busier than ever. Maybe we’re all able to work more now that the commute is no longer a part of the day.

Please write when you can.

Ellis


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