Wednesday, July 6, 2016

An experience: When I lost my cane's tip


It happened on a very bad winter's day in February 2016 as I was traveling back from Ottawa to Toronto.  I had just finished attending an Elections Canada meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, and I'll tell you that this was just one of those days.

Ottawa had received over 52 centimetres of snow but the city had done a superb job of clearing it.  I got out of the cab and after having checked in I sat down to wait for my flight and it was then that I realized that my cane was without its tip. 

I am not sure where I lost it or when I lost it but I will tell you that it was the very first time in my life that this had ever happened to me. 

I did not panic and I was not afraid.  I knew that I had to be very careful when using my cane and that I would need to be prepared to have my cane get stuck in cracks and holes from time to time. 

Thankfully, I made it home safely, none the worse for wear.  The difference here was that I had to use a cane that did not have a tip to help me decipher cracks, holes, and dips and inclines.  This is the power of a cane's tip.

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

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