[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions

I agree about annoying. The worst are the ones who follow you down the street sometimes for a block or two saying things like "are you really blind? I don't believe you are really blind. If you are really blind you would not be getting around so well. You must be faking it. Aren't there homes for people like you so you don't scare me walking around?" After someone did this to me for a couple of blocks one time I was lucky enough to find a cop.



True, but when you are tired, concentrating on homework and just wanting to
relax, concentrating on the road ahead in case the bus driver happens to
forget you are there, they can get to be extremely annoying questions.

Smile.

Actually today in Walmart I had a very young and unsupervised tgirl come up
and start to harrass Judson and I.  What bugged me is that Judson was trying
to do his job at the time, but she wouldn't leave us alone.  Smile.


Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
and Judson, guiding golden
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Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board
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Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
 Puppies are the joy at one end.
 Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
Carolyn Alexander

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From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 3:33 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions


Those are questions anyone with a dog might be asked,
Shelley, at least what is your dog's name, what breed
is it, and, can I pet him/her--especially children.
Whebn my adult children join us at an outside table
where we have a sandwich, with their baby and their
dog, people--adults-- stop and ask about one or the
other, depending on whether they're "dog" people or
"baby" people--rarely both, now that I come to think
of it. Children, and even adults, will ask if it's
o.k. to pet the dog.

Cindy


--- "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> I always wanted to but haven't done it yet.
>
> When I get on the buses in Kalamazoo, I would always
> get.
>
> What is your dog's name?  How long have you had him?
>  Is he trained?  What
> breed is it?
>
> These are usually questions posed by bratty
> ttenagers not people who
> sincerely want to know.
>
> I want to turn around and says.
>
> And How old are you?  What breed are you?  Have you
> been trained? (as it
> doesn't appear to be so to me),
>
> Smile, but haven't done it, don't have the guts too.
>
> Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
> and Judson, guiding golden
> juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
> Graduate Alumni Association Board
> www.guidedogs.com
>
> Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
>  Puppies are the joy at one end.
>  Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
> Carolyn Alexander
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 2:45 AM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: people's reactions and
> stpid questions
>
>
> I suspect the same insensitive people ask similar
> question of people with other disabilities, too. I
> think I would be tempted to reply by asking them the
> same question, e.g., re the living alone--"Do you?"
> As
> to  your first example--it's hardd tp imagine people
> being that crass.
>
> The situation that has always puzzled me is whether
> or
> not to help people in wheelchairs by opening doors
> for
> them. I want to be helpful but I don't want them to
> feel that I think they can't be independent. I
> usually
> wait to see whether it appears that they need help,
> i.e., if they have to turn the sheelchair to back
> out,
> or have to reach forward, I open the door--or is
> someone else is pushing the chair. I try to let
> people
> be as independent as possible, but I don't want them
> to think I'm being uncaring, either--nor do I want
> people to think I pity them, because I don't. I
> admire
> people who don't let any kind of disability get in
> their way of living life. I'm not so sure I could do
> as well.
>
> Cindy
>
>
> --- Elizabeth and Burton <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>
> > Actually that bothers me too.  I am also bothered
> by
> > strangers walking up
> > to me and saying "I have never watched a blind
> > person ((fill in the blank
> > such as eat a salad or do some task.)  I am happy
> to
> > talk about myself but
> > this is different than having no boundaries where
> my
> > being blind means I am
> > on display for the interest of others or need to
> > interrupt what I am doing
> > to discuss my life with you.
> >
> > I am also amazed at the fact that total strangers
> > have come up to me and
> > asked me things about my personal life.  It would
> > never occur to me to walk
> > up to someone and say "Do you live alone?" "Do you
> > have children?" and
> > such.  I mean if I am having a conversation with
> you
> > you might ask me that
> > if you knew me a bit but total strangers somehow
> > figure they have the right
> > to ask personal things because we are visibly
> > disabled.
> >
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