Recently, another friend ran with me for the first time. We chatted away and when we rounded our corner I said are we there already? She said 'that was easy - I was really stressed to do this'! It reminded me of a time another friend went to lunch with me for the first time. We sat down, after I had independently, of course, met her for lunch and she said okay, I don't know what I am supposed to do to help you eat. That was several years ago, and we have laughed about it since. Both scenarios a few verbal cues is all that was needed. I am grateful for people that are willing to take that chance and get to know me and learn that the blindness is not a real big deal.
As I mentioned, I spent some time last week with some people that I consider to be my mentors/friends who are also blind. I have learned so much from them. I was chatting with my roommate, and I was talking about writing even though I can't read my notes. I've felt like it was a hanging on to the visual thing. She was so validating and helpful as she told me she had done this as she was making the transition, and it helped her to remember by actively taking notes. I also realize that I won't ever quit handwriting thank you notes. That's a good feeling. I'm transitioning to the ipad2 for many things and loving it. Another late evening at the office tomorrow means time to take a class in the morning and learn a little more about its many features. And, the Ann Taylor store does just happen to be next door to the Apple store :).
I came across this quote and I've been trying to decide how I feel about it --
Disability is not a brave struggle or courage in the face of adversity. Disability is an art. Its an ingenious way to live. Neil Marcus.