Be thankful  

curious082385 31F
4230 posts
11/10/2005 1:56 pm

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Be thankful

There is a woman who lives up the street from me. Almost every day when I'm driving home from work, I see her out on the road taking her afternoon walk. I always worry a bit when I see her walking down the's very steep. And I always slow down and pull to the other side of the road, to pass her as far away as I can because I can see her tense up as my car gets closer...the way her shoulders hunch a bit and the way she almost cowers to the side of the road.

She's blind.

But every day she walks, tapping her cane against the side of the road to find her way. How she knows when she is back at her own driveway, I have no idea. She has no one walking with her, no guide dog. Just herself, that cane and the road. I can't help but wonder when I see she afraid? Does she worry that one day she won't be able to find her way home? Does she count her steps to find her way to the mailbox and fear that one day she'll miscount?

Watching her always makes me realize how many little things I take for granted. Do I wake up each morning, grateful that I can see? No.
Should I? Yes.
Our sight is something that we so easily accept as a part of life. But what if it were lost? What would it be like to meet the man of your dreams...but not be able to see his smile? To not see the look on his face when he sees you in your wedding dress? To feel your child growing within you but not be able to see their precious face? No, it wouldn't change your love for them and you would see them in your heart...but what a wonderful gift it is to be able to SEE those little moments.

How many things in life are there like that? Things that when you really stop to think about what it would be like to live without them...only then do you realize how much they mean to you.

Forgive my rambling...just my mood today.

rm_sharksnsails 46M
738 posts
11/10/2005 4:16 pm

Ramble on....
Hey, can I write a happy ending for you?
One day you are driving down that hill and you see her walking arm in arm with some gentleman whom obviously loves her, in your rear view mirror as you drive past you see that she is smiling.
Happiness is not the gift of sight, sadness is not the lack of it.

ps i too think it would suck to be blind.
but what struck me more was that she was alone.

jim5131 55M
1296 posts
11/10/2005 8:15 pm

I have had several freinds that were blind and I was amazed at their 'other' perceptions...the ability to detect types of wood by smell..the sounds of footsteps differentiating men from women...the sense others by the warmth..the smells in the air....I learned a LOT from these friends.

I wrote something on Blondeneedssex's blog a week ago...I was at a red light in Austin near the School for the Blind. There were two students, both young, both great-looking, both with canes and dark glasses, waiting for the light to cross the crosswalk in front of me.

They absolutely loved each other...and were in love with each other..playfully swatting each other's calves, tugging shirttails, laughing...I watched as they continued on..until the light changed green.

They are without eyes but have clear sight. They are in love and want nothing else.

They will be just fine...

634694u 46M

11/10/2005 8:28 pm

They "feel" the world around them.

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
11/11/2005 1:07 am

Sharks - what a wonderful ending! I hope it comes true for her. And although she is alone, that is only one more reason why I marvel at her courage.

Jim - HUGS!! good to see you back! Yes, I happened to catch that post and it is a beautiful story.

63 - Yes, they do. One of my friend's moms is blind...she used to say that she could walk towards a wall and be able to feel the air change when she was a few inches from the wall. She said it felt like a cushion of air against her face. They say that when you lose one sense, your others compensate...I think it makes you more in tune with the world and the emotions of those around you to.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
11/11/2005 3:54 am

I don't think I could take losing my sight... then again, it's amazing what we are capable of doing....

Humans are sight-oriented, so much so that 70% of the body's nerve receptors are in our eyes.

Also, drawing is one of my hobbies.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
11/11/2005 12:18 pm

PK....I'm with you on this one...there are too many things that I haven't been able to see yet.

SensualDreaming7 34F

1/13/2006 3:19 am

It's sad too...she is probably someone who (if she were to regain her sight) would never take it for granted and would see all the wonders of the world instead of focusing on the negatives like so many of us who can see do.

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