Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A very important part of my life: How the apparatus helped me


These were different learning tools that our teachers at primary school used to help us learn so many things. I personally thank my beloved teacher, Mrs. Mondey, for having introduced them to me.

There were the boards where we had to fit the right shapes into the right grooves.  Boards where we had to count the holes in the pieces of plastic and then fit them over the matching holes.  Pegs that we used to make Braille letters.  Blocks, Legos, and one of my favorites!  A board where we had to fit the right printed letters into the right grooves.  There was no way that we could either think of cheating or even get away with not matching things.  Oh no!  Everything had to be precise and perfect.

Then there were the pieces of apparatus that we used to build things. Apparatus that were meant to help us strengthen our fingers.  Village sets where we used components to create villages.  Little train sets, step builders, fitting mini barrels into each other based on size, and so much more.

Images of these pieces still dance vividly in my mind whenever I let them. These were such happy memories and there was so much more to go along with these pieces of apparatus.  The games that Mrs. Mondey devised, playing shop every Friday, and the mini competitions that she devised for us to remain engaged and active.

We were extremely fortunate to have had her as a teacher and I shall forever remember her!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Funny and humorous: The mystery of the tamarind seeds


I can tell you that this specific experience still gives me a chuckle each time I think about it.  I'll do my best here to reproduce it.

I had just finished eating a tamarind ball and had gathered the seeds in my hand but then I was too lazy to leave my chair and put them in the garbage.

Soon enough I was falling asleep in my chair and I must have put my clenched hand with the seeds in it close to my left cheek.  Some time later I woke up and felt something on my cheek.

I brushed them away and my first reaction was that they were some kind of insect.  So what did I do?  I called for Mom's help and soon enough she solved the mystery!

No insect!  Just the tamarind seeds that fell out of my clenched hand and onto my cheek.  I woke up to feel them and brushed them away! My smile for the day!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A challenge for me: What does my haircut look like?

This is where I need to be totally dependent on what others tell me. I counter this with depending on the ones who I trust to tell me: Mom, my sister-in-law Gayle, and very close friends.

Although I trust my hairdresser, Sophie, I am always anxious that she may not always do as I want and sometimes in her attempt to do good she may stray a bit.

It is extremely difficult for someone who is blind or vision impaired to know exactly how they look after a haircut. They cannot see themselves in a mirror and I, as a vision-impaired person, cannot use my sense of touch alone to help me.

I can certainly feel the length of my hair but it is never quite enough. Just another challenge for me to deal with.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It sure made me laugh despite being frustrating: When my rack of clothes fell


I need not tell you how very upset, unhappy, and anxious I was the day that my rack of clothes fell and I can only say thank God that Mom and Nick, my Super, were there to help me.

The one thing which I believe saved me from going off the track was that my clothes were all arranged in logical order, according to me, so it was not too difficult to put them back in their rightful spots.

Nick was very good when it came to making sure that everything was done correctly.  He made sure to strengthen the brackets holding up the rack and then he even offered to help put back my clothes.

Here is where Mom came in.  She patiently helped me to rearrange and she checked to make sure that I had done everything correctly.  What a day and good thing that it does not happen very often.

For someone with little vision it is so important to be able to know where things are.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

My friend forever: Boyo is still in my heart


He was my favourite dog: gentle but social, a bit of a coward but so very loyal.  I loved him the minute he was born; he was my darling Boyo.

As a puppy he was mine.  As a full grown dog he was the same.  He lived with Granny but I never lost my bond with him.  Boyo was always the preferred one and I think that he knew this.

I remembering rushing home from school to play with him when he was a puppy and then always having him beside me whenever we went to the beach.  We played in the sea, ran on the beach, and had such fun in the house.

I was never able to see what he really looked like but when I received my functional vision, his was one of the first pictures that Mom showed me.  I never got to meet him after gaining my vision because he passed away before I could.

Boyo, my dearest, I shall forever remember your bark, your soft fur and your large head.  Your ability to always make me smile!

Don't go anywhere!  I'll see you some day and we'll once more be together! Until we meet again!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Precious childhood memories: Remembering Maracas Bay


Oh, beautiful Maracas Bay!  How could I ever forget you?  With a beach so sandy and air as fresh as a breeze in a bottle?  I'll never forget you!

How well I remember those family outings to see you!  The cold sea water lapping against my body and then swimming with Dad and my brothers beyond the high breakers!  Then I would sit in the surf and there the family would dig in the sand for clams, which were so large.

So many times I would share happy moments with Granny, who was always content to sit in the surf and let the waves roll over her.   Mom preferred to remain on the beach, watching over us and reading her magazines.

On many occasions Mom and Granny packed a sumptuous lunch for us and we would either sit in the car with the doors opened or stand around eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company.

Our days at Maracas Bay were filled with such memorable moments.  It was always an all-day affair and at the end of it we would return home refreshed but tired and just dying to go to bed.

I thank my parents and Granny for having made all of this so very possible!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

So near and dear to me: Collecting clothes for my Thanksgiving box


I have to admit that this is probably one of my most favourite things to do and I do this at around the time of our Canadian Thanksgiving.

I am always so very happy when I am able to choose exactly what I wish to part with and now all I need to do is to ask Mom to review my choices.  This she does and together I pick out my clothes, she reviews my choices, and then we pack them away neatly and carefully in a box.

Next, I tape up the box and then we put it aside for Nick, our Super, to take to the clothes depot.   Then Mom does her thing and after both of our boxes are securely packed and taped, our Thanksgiving deed is complete.

I know that our clothes will be received by very worthy recipients and this really makes me very happy.  We have been doing this for at least the last decade and beyond.  In addition to giving I also get one last chance before giving away to remember my clothes.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

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