Sunday, November 27, 2011

I once was blind but now I see

sleepy little lion

I was trying to be like my friend Jolie and knit without looking. It worked! And as I was knitting without my eyes, my brain took me way back to when I worked at a bakery in SLC, Utah. I was rushing and there had been a long line non-stop and I was most likely acting like a robot because when the next man in line said, “I’d like a loaf of Honey Whole Wheat, please” I simply said, “It’s right on the shelf behind you.” I can’t remember what exactly happened next. Maybe I gave him further instructions, like say, “You know, half way down the shelf...right there…” Or maybe he asked me to get it for him and I heaved a heavy sigh. I can’t remember what exactly it was that led the people behind him in line to spell it out for me. “He can’t see.” They spoke slowly and clearly. It was like a slap in the face. I actually looked at the man standing in front of me and saw that, indeed, he was blind. I apologized profusely and scrambled around to get the loaf of bread. Then I folded all the bills in his change as he directed so he would recognize what they were when he pulled out his wallet at the next store…where the next person to serve him would have no problem noticing the details that add up to: blind man—help accordingly.

I’m sure I still don’t SEE a lot that is right in front of me. But I have recognized a lot of good, happy-making things this month that I am grateful for…

Napping on daddy

Wishstudio wall


Hello, Saturday.

Magic eraser

Learned a new braid.

On the way to dodge ball

She's growing up!



jill nalette said...

very, very sweet!!
xo + smiles~ jill

Enouph said...

Great post! Sometimes life gets in the way of living. I need to slow down and not miss the "memories" while they are happening. Thanks for sharing!

Also, do you use a phone app for some of your photos - iPhone? And if so, which one?
And, would you be willing to share how you did the very spiffy braid?

Shelley said...

Actually "Enouph" did write the above comment, I did. Oops.

Shelley said...


(boy, I'm doing well)

Emma Jo said...

I just really like you a lot and I like to read your blog. It enriches me. :)

Brit said...

wonderful story and beautiful pictures. :)

manyslices said...

Such a wonderful and interesting story to share about your experience with the blind customer.
Great, random family shots of gratitude too. Really inspiring.