Thursday, September 30, 2010

Interesting reactions

There is one thing that I can say for being blind!  There are always going to be actions or reactions that would either amuse, interest, frustrate, or annoy me.  Or even actions that often leave me with wonderment.


I'd like to highlight a few of these today.  Here goes!

I'm standing in line waiting like anyone else to receive services at the counter.  Along comes some kind hearted person and they take me to the head of the line.  They then ask the person at the counter to please look after me because I am blind.  Sometimes, I get someone who asks me if I would like to sit and wait until it's my turn.  They'll let me know when it's my turn.  Or I am in a line and someone asks me in a loud voice if I need help.


I am waiting to cross the street and someone comes along and grabs my cane.  They then ask me if I would like to cross the street.  Or how about this:  I am in a supermarket shopping and when I get to the cash the cashieer offers to help me pack my groceries but the person next in line says that I am taking up time by allowing the cashier to pack my goods.  I go shopping and the sales person chooses to ask my mom or friend what am I looking for?  Or, what would my preferences be?  I go to a restaurant and the waiter asks my dining companion to tell them my choice. 


On most days, I can deal with all of this.  I usually smile and do my best to be congenial.  Sometimes I try to educate the person who I come in contact with.  However, there are those days from time to time when I have some difficulty staying focused.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my blog with others.  Visit to learn more.

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