The Job Offer

The speaker on the other end of the phone said, “Congratulations, Amy. The board of directors have approved you for the 2009-2010 academic year. You got the job!”

“Wow! Exciting news!”

I hung up the phone and did a happy dance. Life was just about to get better. A regular income and I could use my Spanish skills!

Steps in the Dark

I took a deep breath and slipped out the door.I faced a new test every time I entered the darkness. I squared my shoulders and in the meager light, stepped straight out to and faced the street. How hard can this be, anyway? I turned my body so that I could travel left. Four blocks. There’s a big library there. Cross the street. Go five blocks. You should be on your own street. Cross it and find the sidewalk. To your right is the side street beside your house. Cross that and you’re home. My heart beat erratically as I swept my cane in front of me, keeping myself centered on the sidewalk. This was the first I’d tried to navigate the road by myself. I didn’t want anyone to feel they had to offer me a ride home.

But now I was second-guessing myself. Tonight the sky seemed pitch black.

I kept my thoughts positive. I’m getting there. I’

Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t!

When I taught my ESL and Spanish classes, I’d always add components of culture into our lessons so that the student could better understand situations in the target language and culture. When a sighted person is dealing with someone losing their vision, there’s also a “cultural” element one needs to be aware of. The following story illustrates it well.