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Blindness in the 1950s was a social stigma. Stephen's mother wanted a normal life for him, so he fought desperately to uphold the illusion of sight. For a child frantic to fit in, each day was an exhausting pretence. He managed to ride a bike, when even reading involved pressing his nose to the page and painfully forcing his eyes to concentrate. Head up, he strode through a carefully memorized labyrinth of streets, hoping to fool passers-by that he could actually see.

©1998 Stephen Kussisto (P)1998 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Leah
  • 23-06-18

What an eye-opener! (no pun intended)

I feel like I've just taken a crash course in living blindly. There are so many things we never think of when our eyes work.
As I was walking in the woods with my dog, I got to the part about accepting the blindness, and using the walking stick. I loved the reference to the divining rod because water is a natural part of life-as is the stick.
When I heard the words, "And nothing bad happened", I started cheering out there in the woods. "See? Nothing bad happened! Now you're on your way to acceptance!! You've got this!" My dog thinks I'm nuts, I'm sure.
I am from the UP, in Michigan. I'm quite sure our people know each other as I grew up in the Finnish Lutheran church.