When I was about nine I read the biography of Helen Keller. I was overwhelmed with this incredibly brave young woman who overcame such isolation in a time when society’s solution for anyone not ‘normal’ was to lock them away and pretend like they didn’t exist.
I used to walk around the house with a scarf tied around my eyes; cotton stuffed in my ears and try to imagine what it was like to be deaf AND blind. (I know, weird kid….)
In high school I once had to write an essay on whether I would rather be deaf or blind and explain why. (I don’t remember which I chose.)
When I was in college I took courses in ASL (American Sign Language.)
I thought I might teach the deaf, or maybe become a translator.
(When the teacher pulled out the video camera I bailed…….just a side note!)
There is no point to this……just my mind wandering as I try to get the world in focus this morning.
So I put it to you….if you had a choice or going blind or deaf, after having had the gift of sight and hearing, which would you choose?