[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Overly Helpful People

I think he should have waited to see if you needed
help and if he thought you did, he should have asked
first and not grabbed you. At least that's what I
would have done--and do if I see a person in a
wheelchair or a person with a white cane--which, for
some reason, I rarely see. On the rare occasions on
which I've seen a blind person with a white cane
coming toward me, I just step out of the way.

As I said, these days I rarely see any blind
people--but when I do it's all I can do to keep from
asking if they're anyone I might know from bookshare,
knowing that some of you live in the L.A. and San
Diego areas.  One such person had called and was
supposed to come into the library on a day I was
working, but he didn't come before I had to leave. I
probably wouldn't have said anything to him anyway,
respecting his provacy, though I would have asked the
librarian his name.

Bud, Do you ever come into Brentwood?

Cindy

Cindy

Cindy

--- Lora <loravara@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Coming home today, I had to cross two streets in
> front of my house.  Neither
> is large (two lanes a piece), though one can be a
> little tricky to read at
> times.
> 
> Nonetheless, I was certain of my crossing and
> started across the street.
> Suddenly, this guy appears out of nowhere and grabs
> my hand.  I snatched my
> hand back, and then he says, "I just want to help
> you."  I said, "I'm fine,
> I'm fine."
> 
> For me, there's always a tiny pang at that point. 
> Questions run through my
> head like:  "Did I screw up this crossing somehow,
> go against the light,
> anything?"
> 
> I tucked my hand in my pocket (the other hand being
> busy with my cane) and
> crossed the street.  
> 
> I felt slightly bad afterward.  I'm sure the
> gentleman meant no harm, but he
> startled me.  I have always lived in big cities, and
> use a large dose of
> caution when traveling.  Mostly, though, I didn't
> feel afraid, just so
> unprepared for someone to appear from nowhere and
> grab me.
> 
> I turned and crossed the other street, and he
> started to cross with me, but
> must have decided I'd make it without him, because
> he turned and went on his
> way.
> 
> I'm not sure what I should have done, but that's
> probably the same reaction
> the next person would get under similar
> circumstances.
> 
> Lora
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