Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Great things about being blind. Listening to voices.

I know! I know! Ipromised to tell you a funny airline story but that will have to wait until tomorrow. The reason is that I was listening to some radio announcers this morning talking about how when people meet them, they say, "You don't look like what I thought you would look like." A great thing about being totally blind is that I would never say that. Smile. People are always amazed when they call me on the phone and I know exactly who it is right away. Of course I would. I know people by their voices. By the sound of their walk at times. Some people always wear certain shoes. Clicky high heels. Squeaky leather. Some people always rattle their keys in their pockets, jingle coins, some people always wear a certain scent (although in these scent free days that is not as good an indicator of who someone is) People that use a walker or cane or have a squeak in the wheel of their wheelchair I can tell by the sound sometimes. But the voice is the easiest thing to recognize. Although sometimes when I meet someone in a different environment from what I am used to seeing them in, I might take a minute to figure out who it is. Tomorrow back to air travel. Fasten your seatbelts for a great story.

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