Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Great things about being blind. Famous?
Yesterday, I had a delightful afternoon storytelling and answering questions for students in grades 4-6. At the end, one of the students shyly asked if she could have my autograph. That was a first. I did sign her paper. I'm not sure if she can read it but a lot of sighted people have unreadable signatures too. They asked me about how I learned to write. I learned the shapes of letters from a set of magnetic letters we had on our fridge. I never really learned to write long sentences but know basic letter shapes and I did learn to sign my name. In grade eight, we had to practice signing our names every day for a few minutes. This was at school for the blind. After that autograph, I started to feel a little famous until we got up to go and everyone said, "Oh goodbye Tulia. You are so cute." They did say goodbye to me too but Tulia was more important and famous than I will ever be. I don't mind at all. Hopefully she'll let me stay by her famous side for many years.