Melody is 11 years old. Being blessed, she was raised in a language rich environment. Words have filled her life and fill inside her head, but she has never spoken. Melody wishes she could express her love for country music, tell someone her favorite song is Elvira, or share the fact that she loves both the smell of her mother’s hair after a shower and the scratchy rough feel of her father’s face. Melody feels frustration. Melody also feels sad, especially when people don’t ask what her name is, as if her name is not important. Melody is important; her name is important, as well as, how she feels. What other emotions do you think Melody feels?
Melody reflects on her early life experiences with many memories. She specifically recognizes noises, smells, and tastes. A life without verbal expression forces Melody to recognize the true power of words. We live in a world in which it’s easy to take for granted the gift and power of words. How can we highlight the power of words in our work?