Thursday, March 24, 2011

Great things about being blind. the conversation on the bus.

Last week, I was writing about wonderful encounters I have had with small children. This is one of my favourites and it took place several years ago. I was sitting on a bus with a former guide dog who was about three years old. A little kid maybe about three or four got on with his/her mom. He/she asked why there was a dog on the bus. I explained about the dog and how my eyes didn't work and the dog helped me to get around.
I had the following delightful conversation with the young person.
"How old is she?"
"I am three too. That dog is going to grow very very big. As big as this bus."
"no she is full grown."
"No she is going to grow as big as this bus?"
"Well that will be hard for me. How much food will she have to eat?"
"Lots and lots of food. About 20 hamburgers at a time."
"And how will I walk with her?"
"You can ride around on her."
"And what will I do with her when I get home? She won't fit in the house if she is as big as a bus."
"Oh you can just park her in the driveway."
I've never forgotten it. One of my most favourite conversations ever.

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