We are off in the morning for Greece! We are SO excited -- except for the loooong flight & leaving Cricket. We know she will be much happier home with Lindsey , Missy and Frisco. Thanks SO much to Lindsey!
When people learn I am not taking Cricket they ask - what are you going to do? Well, first of all, I will return with an even greater appreciation for Cricket and the independence she gives me. I will spend the next 13 days with Steve as my sighted guide and a cane in my purse, if needed. (I am not a real good cane user because I have rarely used it in the last 12 years.) Instead of walking on my own independently with Cricket - I will be hanging on to Steve. We will look like we are just totally in love holding hands or hanging on to his elbow 24/7 -- now we really are 'totally in love' but typically we have a little more space! When we went to Europe this spring with a larger tour group, many did not know that I was blind until the end and one lady told us - oh, I just thought it was so sweet to see an older couple still so in love and you could not let go of each other the whole trip! When I am without Cricket, I am reminded how my confidence has soared with a guide dog and the ability to travel anywhere so freely. For me, vision loss is a challenge at times but is reduced significantly with a guide dog.
Travelling is a thrill and a challenge for me being blind. I love the new experiences, new places to 'see' and learn about but am also reminded of the comfort of home - knowing where everything is (except when I lose it) and my familiar routine. I embrace a challenge and look forward to this trip as a challenge as well as much fun and relaxation with my best friend of 25 years.