Camille Bordas on How Children Bend Time | The New Yorker

I always thought that I would write one day about the distortion of time that can happen around children, about how, because your level of energy never matches theirs, you can end up feeling like you’ve given them your all but then you look at your watch and see that only five minutes have passed and the kids are still at 99.5 per cent. That’s not really where the story ended up going, but that was a starting point, and traces of this initial impulse remain, like when the narrator complains about time moving too slowly when his kids are around.

The Audio Issue

As Robert Sirvage, a DeafBlind architect, put it in a recent conversation, the question we begin with is not “How do we make it more accessible?” Instead, we start by asking, “What feels beautiful?” When hearing and sighted people join us, they pick up Protactile and learn how to work and socialize with us in our space. They often find themselves closing their eyes, either literally or by dimming their visual processing, because sight isn’t necessary. Bodies in contact become as normal to them as they are to us.