Are you a fan of America’s Funniest Home Videos? Here’s a great one! 

Click on this link to watch “Smiley’s Bad Day 

This video won an award. No wonder! It is hilarious! But when I watched a second time, I saw it from my vision-impaired perspective. Rarely have I seen anything that reminds me so much of my own low vision mishaps!

I can relate it it on tons of levels.

One moment, I’m teaching confidently. The next, I bump into something and my book flies out of my hand.  There goes their teacher again!

I also lose my balance when I least expect it. People with Retinitis Pigmentosa (or other vision problems) have balance issues. It must be something to do with not having spacial recognition that does it.

My accidents always come with an “Eek!” or “Aaaghhh!” Why am I stunned ? They happen often enough.

I can hear myself saying,  “What happened?” as I try to sort things out and get on with my task.

That’s when the humor hits me. I can usually laugh it off  as I grope for my belongings–some books, a hat that’s gone askew, my purse or the spilled contents of my shopping bags.

What stands out in the video is that no one is around when disaster strikes Smiley–except for the camera person who can barely contain her laughter.  The poor mascot has to figure out how to get out of his predicament on his own. It also looks like he’s having trouble seeing out of the costume he’s wearing. He feels for the sign, exactly like I do for my possessions in my mishaps.

Finally, he gives a friendly wave to let others know he’s fine and back in commission.  

He also doesn’t notice that no one is actually around to see his wave. Probably, it’s the just-in-case-someone’s-watching wave. Or maybe it’s for the camera person. I can totally relate.

I have my own symbolic wave–a nod, a shrug, a thumb’s up–to say I’ve survived the encounter.  That’s important. 

Guess what else I notice from the video?

The mascot laughs at himself at one point and through it all, he never loses the smile fixed on his big round face

And neither should I.  Maybe his example will inspire me to keep my sense of humor when I really feel like crying.

Amy laughing for no reason

How about you? What situation does this remind you of in your life? How did you respond?


You’ve just read, “Smiley’s Bad Vision Day,” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright December 2014.  Please LIKE and SHARE this post if it made you laugh – and don’t forget to comment!  To read more of Amy’s writing, you can find her memoir on coping with vision and hearing loss at Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. 




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13 thoughts on “Smiley Has a Bad Vision Day

  • December 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    The key to contentment, Amy, is so often just to be able to laugh at ourselves. You show that so admirably in this post and in your life. Well done, and congratulations on your new book!

  • December 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Amy,

    First of all congrats on your new book!! How exciting!

    Fantastic post, enjoyed reading 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • December 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks so much, Joan!
    You have a great day, too!

  • December 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Love the post and the video of Smiley was cute and funny. My favorite thing is the smiling picture of you and the fact that you always find a way to cope with humor.

  • December 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you…sometimes the humor comes after the wailing!!!!

  • December 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Amy, you are a delight–and you’re making me see the world differently. Thanks for writing about this, and doing it so well.

  • December 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Crystal,
    Thanks for coming back to read more!
    PS I’m going to order the Canadian Chicken Soup book with your story in it!

  • December 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hi Amy,
    Poor smiley. ;( The video reminded me that when we fall down we must pick ourselves back up again because whoever might be videotaping our predicament certainly isn’t going to put the camera down long enough to help us. LOL 😉

  • December 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Ha ha! When he said, “What happened?” and the camera person continued videotaping, I thought, “Yeah, right!” as if there is any help there! You’re right. So like life! But “Smiley” persevered and did it! He continued waving his sign. And we do too! Have a great day and thanks for checking my latest post!

  • December 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    At first it made it made me laugh, but then as time went on and saw how stuck the Smiley mascot was I wondered how the person taping was able to just stand there snickering while the poor thing flailed about on the sidewalk. I hope they at least shared in the winnings! LOL

    I’ve found laughter when something goes awry the best medicine and I’m usually the first to laugh at my own short failings. I was once attending a craft show with my mom. It began raining and being outside with handmade crafts and dried floral arrangements that spelled disaster for our products.While my mom and sis packed as quickly as possible, I stood guard trying to keep our tent top from collapsing with buckets of water on us. I soon became a human tent frame with water pouring from the tarp down my arms and into my clothing. All I could do was stand there laughing. LOL

  • December 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Good point about sharing the winnings, Katharine!
    Ha! That’s hilarious! Hope your crafts were okay.
    Your story brought back memories of that happening last summer to me.
    I will find a way to get a tent with sides!
    Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to read my post!

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