Thursday, May 9, 2013

The pencils and paper

This memory still puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. I still clearly remember taking my pencils and paper with me on the first day of school. The night before, I packed them in my little school bag and when I got to school and after the teacher had introduced me to my classmates, I took out my stuff and sat waiting to be told what to do.

Not sure how long it took before the teacher realized what I had in front of me but she came over and with all of the patience in the world told me that at a school for blind kids, they did not use pencils and paper. Instead, they used styluses and guides to form letters.

At first I was extremely upset and disappointed, but slowly and surely I found myself adapting to this new way of writing. I found myself starting to enjoy working with styluses and guides and then when I went home I would tell my mom and granny all about it. They were quite fascinated and even tried to learn to read Braille.

Such wonderful memories for me and I still smile and giggle to myself each time I think about this particular memory.

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