What Do We Pass On?—Tara & Sofia

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What Do We Pass On?—Tara & Sofia

As part of our Mother's Day series, we spoke with London-based sisters Tara & Sofia who offer a unique perspective as members of CODA (Children of Deaf Adults).

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APRIL 24, 2024

What do we pass on?

In each of our lifetimes, mother figures innately instill in us their legacy. Through every heirloom—whether it be their native language, a family recipe, their artistry, or a cherished vintage ring—they guide us to where we’re supposed to be, shaping our past, present, and future. As we journey through life, we realize that we are reflections of those who raised us. Just as they guide us, we teach and inspire, exchanging lessons for generations to come. 

This year, we’re honoring heirlooms of all kinds, and hosting intimate conversations with people from all walks of life. 

Meet Tara and Sofia—sisters based in London and members of CODA (Children of Deaf Adults).

Growing up in a CODA household, Tara and Sofia experienced a unique upbringing that deeply influenced their views on communication and empathy. Their parents, both active in the deaf community, made sure their daughters learned sign language from a young age. This early exposure not only facilitated communication but also fostered a deep understanding of diversity and the importance of empathizing with others' needs. Through their upbringing, the sisters came to respect and appreciate the wide range of human experiences.

Looking back on their childhood, Tara and Sofia take pride in the profound impact that learning sign language at an early age has had on their lives. It enabled them to communicate effectively with their deaf parents and the community while also sharpening their awareness of non-verbal cues and body language. Sign language became more than just a communication tool—it opened a window into the intricacies of human interaction and connection.

Now, as adults, Tara and Sofia continue to uphold the values instilled by their parents. They embrace empathy, inclusivity, and respect for diversity in their everyday lives. They hope to pass on the skills of sign language and the deeper understanding of human connection it nurtures to their own children someday, ensuring that the legacy of compassion and communication endures for future generations.

What will you pass on?