All this mommy talk has got me to thinking about what it must be like for a kid - and a parent - to raise a deaf child in the early years.
In particular the toddler and terrible 2's. These years are when kids test boundaries. They cry, throw tantrums, etc. as a way of separating themselves from their parents to become more independent.
It is also a time when speech skills are just developing. I wonder how that separation happens? I can see it if the kid can sign, but if he/she can't, it must be horribly frustrating not to be able to express oneself to develop that independence.
I imagine being deaf may be an incredibly isolating experience. Which, in turn, would have a significant impact on determining how deaf people interact with the hearing world, how they behave socially, etc.
Combined with the teasing, taunting, assumptions of stupidity, etc. I think that Luke and his mother can be excused from minor social transgressions they MAY have made in this competition. And personally, I don't think they've made any (compare with the red-headed chearleader whose rudeness is completely unforgiveable).
As much as we like to think Luke should behave the same as hearing people, and as much as I'm certain Luke would like to have equal respect in the hearing world, his social development and ways of interacting with the world ARE different. And, Margie's experience as a mother is different from that of most mothers, and it will be reflected in her responses.
To expect Margie and Luke to behave the way the hearing world thinks they should behave makes no sense to me. True tolerance requires an understanding and respect of where people come from to be who they are today.
My vote is for Margie and Luke all the way. Next to them, my choice would have been Kisha and Jen.