You know what my biggest peeve is?
People who think I need help because they see my white cane and my sunglasses. They think: Gasp! A blind man! He can’t see! I must help!
“Sir, are you okay?”
“This bus goes to Lougheed Mall.”
“Are you lost?”
“The debit card goes in the slot.”
These are possible comments that people are saying: being Deaf, I have no idea what they are saying!
Remember my Jerked on the subway blog, which demonstrates a perfect example of people jumping to conclusions!
The moral of this blog is, if I ask you for help, then yes, I need it. If I don’t ask, I don’t need.
I have had people walk beside me for a few hundred yards, obviously trying to help or being friendly with The Blind Guy. But that Blind Guy is actually quite fine, and he is That DeafBlind Guy! I hope that by not acknowledging you kindness, I am preventing you from helping other individuals.
By the way, just to set the record straight: I couldn’t hear a siren from a firetruck unless it is right on top of me, and I just happened to be looking not at the truck, but to the left. If you can figure that out, raise your left hand!
Naturally, if I fall over in public, cracking my knee on the pavement, then YES, help is needed! I cannot deny that, I won’t ask either! And I do thank you!
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