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