My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Saturday, January 7, 2012


I'm a visual learner and thinker. I learned braille (**note, I have so far to go in learning braille) by visual in my mind. Ultimately, you've got to be able to recognize with feel but know what the feel means. I can picture what an A looks like thus leading to knowing how it should feel. I can visualize what women (note: key one in finding the correct restroom) looks like in my mind.

I pull together an outfit by visualizing in my mind.  I'm excited about my rooster towels hanging on the oven because I visualize their coloring is just right for the area with some red (a color I am working on having more subtle) with some green, yellow, purple and orange.  I just bought a table runner and need to find a touch of yellow and green for the centerpiece. 

The other day I bent down while pulling items out of the dryer and the door had swung open and smack. It HURT and actually still does. I was surprised there was no black and blue to show for it (really I'm glad there isn't). However, the next morning when it was still hurting I asked Steve to rub his hand over my forehead to validate that he could feel the bump and hear how it hurt. Of course, he did with the proper oh i'm so sorry, wow, that must really hurt and such :). It has become a visual in my work all week! I have used this example how we need to be listened to. Even when someone can't fix the problem, it helps to have them listen and empathize with our pain for a moment. Thanks Steve and thanks dryer for giving me a good example. Ouch. Often lessons learned come with some pain, right.  I remember Janae in class reminding us to put our hands out in activities to prevent this situation. 

Speaking of visual, Natalie and I went to the movie New Year's Eve. (Of course, I would love to go to any movie with her just for the fun of going to a movie and being with her) However, we also both loved this movie. Sometimes it surprises people that I really enjoy movies. Sure I miss out on some things. It really helps to have a few whispers of who/what is going on but really you can follow much through the dialogue.  I was excited to read that our new theater is getting DVS (descriptive video service) which is so awesome!

What a difference a day can make. This picture is of Cricket and Dahlia enjoying the sunshine yesterday. Today we woke up to snow!


Myrna R. said...

Oh yes, I hear your pain.

Nice post Becky. Love the picture of the dogs.

wendy said...

for sure many lessons come after Pain. dang it.
I do believe it is VERY helpful, just to have someone listen to you. You know of course they can't fix the problem, nor are expecting them too....Just listen, and care.

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I appreciate Steve's empathy for your bump. Makes me think how much healing comes from a mom or dad's kiss on an owie when we're young. Glad the dogs and humans got to enjoy a bit of sunshine before the snow!