[bct] Re: child guide?
- From: "Mike Justice" <m.d.justice@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 09:03:35 -0500
Just three of my own experiences:
1) My younger son Shaun always seemed delighted to walk with me while
holding my left hand as I used my cane in the other hand. This was when he
was perhaps in the range of 4 to 5 years old. He kept us headed in the
desired direction, but I always used my cane defensively, and for additional
information. When Shaun was high school age, he once remarked that it had
been a great feeling of power as a child to be able to get a man to stop
just by a squeeze of the hand (a signal I had taught Shaun).
2) When the boys were older and in school during the day, Carolyn would
sometimes pick me up from work so we could have lunch together at a city
park. One time I left my cane in the car so I could carry some items the
short distance to the picnic table, with Carolyn talking about the beauty of
the day as we walked toward the table so I could set the items on top. As I
reached the picnic table, my shin cried out the alert as it struck the
attached bench that protrudes out beyond the table top. Carolyn profusely
apologized as I rubbed my shin, commenting that she forgot I couldn't see
the bench. Yes, one of the qualities I have always loved about my wife is
her child-like freshness and joy for life!
3) Shaun is now 24, and he and his wife presented us with our first
grandchild in September of 2004. A few months ago we were in Columbus to
take Tristen Rose (our granddaughter) back to Springfield for baby sitting,
and Shaun remarked "one of you will need --- uh, I mean, dad, you will need
to sit in back with Tristen." It is not uncommon for people who have known
me for many years to forget at times that I do not see, and we all have a
good laugh when that happens!
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