Transcript:

Title: “Kissing My Child’s Forehead”
ASL Poem
By Justin Dean Vollmar

[Text: This poem, signed in American Sign Language, is a visual and allegorical expression of our personal experience.]

[Image of white female mother kissing her baby on the forehead.]

[Text: A Deaf-Blind child from a Deaf family’s perception.]

[Narrative shot with Justin – White male with gray hair combed to the right, gray beard, and black glasses, wearing a gray t-shirt.]

Justin: “Our Deaf family was looking forward to the new baby.”

[Image of sonogram showing a baby.]

[Image of a pregnant mother signing 6 on her stomach.]

[Image of a pregnant mother signing 7 on her stomach.]

[Image of a pregnant mother signing 8 on her stomach.]

[Image of a pregnant mother signing 9 on her stomach with Justin on his knees kissing her stomach.]

[Image of Justin kissing the pregnant stomach.]

[Image of a pregnant mother lying on a grass by purple flowers and three daughters sitting in front of her.]

[Image of a pregnant mother sticking her tongue out at the photographer.]

[Image of a pregnant mother standing in a hospital in front of a sign with text, “Labor & Delivery” and signing “Now”.]

Justin: “When this baby was born, we were so shocked. Our heart literally broke. This baby is DEAF-BLIND! We wept in grief.”

[Image of an eye with black eyebrow and eyelashes. A tear is rolling down from the eye.]

[Image of an open eye with two tear drops rolling down from it.]

[Illustration of a red heart broken and crumbling apart.]

Justin: “We asked, ‘What could we do?’ I say, ‘Stop with the negative view!’ Why did you focus on their mouth, ears, and eyes?”

[Image of four surgeons in blue surgery outfit, blue mask, blue cap, and special protective glasses holding surgery tools.]

[Image of a tray with surgery tools and special bowls with surgeons in the background wearing their blue surgery outfits and latex gloves.]

[Image of a medicine bottle with one pill in it and a yellow label with black text on it says, “FIND A CURE.” A magnifying glass is over the label, making the text appear larger.]

[Image of an open medicine bottle toppled over with many white pills spilled out of it.]

Justin: “Have a positive viewpoint of your child! Say with pride, ‘This is my child! A real person!’ Just hold the baby, look into her eyes and kiss her forehead. It would be like the fireworks shooting into the sky.”

[Image: A dark, starry sky with a landscape of trees and a person standing in the middle with arms outreached to the heavens.]

[Image: A dark, starry sky with a landscape of trees. The Milky Way is shown vertically across the middle of the sky.]

[Image: Fireworks exploding across a green pasture with a dirt road and wire fence through it.]

[Image: Big, colorful fireworks exploding in the sky.]

Justin: “We will imagine that the whole family… will learn how to use Braille and Tactile Signing because we want to include fully her. We will include her fully at the family dinner table.”

[Image: Entire family is sitting with a person in a Santa Clause outfit.]

[Image: Entire family is sitting around a dinner table.]

[Image: Entire family is sitting around a dinner table having a Thanksgiving meal.]

Justin: “We will imagine of an exciting future… when she puts on a graduation cap, put on a wedding ring, and many exciting possibilities!!! It is all in a positive viewpoint of your child. Just hold the baby, look into her eyes and kiss her forehead.”

[Text: Clarissa Delilah Vollmar. Born on June 30, 2015.]

[Image: A newborn baby wearing a cap sleeping on a pink and white blanket, covered by a white blanket.]

[Image: Justin in a hospital room wearing a blue t-shirt holding a swaddled newborn baby.]

[Image: A newborn baby being held, crying with her toothless mouth open.]

[Image: A white female mother kissing her newborn baby on the forehead.]

[Image: A swaddled newborn baby being held by a man’s arms.]

[Image: A swaddled baby with blonde hair being held in her older sister’s arms. Her sister is wearing a red shirt.]

[Image: A newborn baby without a shirt is wearing a cap. The baby has some rashes related to the birth process.]

[Image: Another sister with glasses wearing a white shirt is holding a swaddled newborn baby.]

[Image: A swaddled newborn baby with a cap is wrapped around in a white baby blanket with many cartoon animals on it.]

[Image: Another sister with pink and red shirt is holding the swaddled newborn baby in her arms and looking with awe.]

[Text: A Deaf child from a hearing family’s perception.]

Justin: “A hearing family is looking forward to the new baby.”

[Image: A pregnant woman’s stomach has a pair of light blue baby slippers on it.]

[Image: An adult’s and child’s hand both hold a pair of children’s pink Converse-style shoes with white laces.]

Justin: “When they give birth to the new baby, they become so shocked and so sad! Because the baby is DEAF! They wept in deep grief.”

[Image: A status of an angel with wings resting her head on her arms on top of a pedestal.]

[Image: A person is holding his hands over his face.]

[Image: A kneeling person with her head down is holding her hands over her face.]

Justin: “They asked, ‘What could we do about it?’ I say, ‘Stop with the negative view!’ Why did you focus on their mouth and ears?”

[Image: A woman in 60’s clothing is holding an old fashioned sound amplifier to her ear.]

[Image: A person is cupping her hand over her ear to collect sound better.]

[Image: A man wearing a suit with a red tie is sitting down between two very large sound amplifiers over each of his ears.]

Justin: “A positive viewpoint of the child would mean… Say with pride, ‘This is my child! A real person!’ Just imagine a wonderful future. Just hold the baby, look into her eyes and kiss her forehead. It would be like the fireworks shooting into the sky.”

[Image: A shooting star streaking across a dark, starry sky.]

[Image: Silhouettes of a family and other people watching colorful fireworks in the sky.]

Justin: “Just imagine that the whole hearing family will learn American Sign Language. The Deaf child will be fully included at the family dinner table.”

[Image: An older couple places a large turkey on top of a long, rectangular table with various family members sitting at it.]

[Image: A bored white child with blond hair is sitting between two adults using their smartphones.]

Justin: “Just imagine of many exciting possibilities for your child. She will put on a graduation cap; she will put on a wedding ring. It is all in a positive viewpoint of your child. Just hold the baby, look into her eyes and kiss her forehead.”

[Image of a mother kissing her newborn baby’s forehead. Text: Just hold the baby, look into her eyes and kiss her forehead.]

[Text: All images used in this video are copyright free images. Created by Justin Vollmar. ASL Consultant: Guy Vollmar.]

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