Deaf and (slightly) dumb

Illustration: Nathi Ngubane

Illustration: Nathi Ngubane

This week’s winning reader-submitted story is about when you don’t quite recognise the gospel truth.

I used to date a sweet blonde girl who was quite religious. Her family would always invite me along to church events and family gatherings of the faithful at various camping retreats and getaways. They were very nice about it.

Naturally, when Christmas rolled around I wasn’t too surprised that among the gifts from her family to me was a Bible.

I acted as pleased as could be about it and paged through it saying, “Oh how nice; it’s the easy-to-understand modern translation! So much more usable than my old King James version!”

I looked at the back and there was a section full of illustrations, without any text. Over just a few pages, using only images, the authors had found a way to tell the story of the Gospel for people who couldn’t read or perhaps even understand English.

Through the pictures, you got the whole story, from Jesus’ birth right up to the crucifixion and resurrection.

“Wow,” I said, “what a clever depiction of the New Testament.”

My girlfriend exclaimed, looking through the pictures: “This is great! Did they do it for deaf people?”

It took me a moment to consider her question and then burst out laughing. “No, they didn’t do it for deaf people!”

Poor thing, before she even considered her next thought, she blurted out: “Oh, I see, it’s for blind people!”

I honestly had no idea what to say…

At least we were able to laugh about it and she didn’t mind the merciless teasing afterwards.

Every Friday, between 1.30pm and 2pm, a Citizen online reader will have their winning, fun story of the week featured as the lead story on our website for half an hour. Because not everything in life is about crime, corruption and murder – and it’s almost the weekend! So enjoy this week’s winning story. And if you’d like to enter the competition yourself, click here or on the That Friday Feeling banners on this site.




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