EDITOR’S NOTE: This four-part series is about blindness as a disability and some miscon-ceptions about the abilities which blind individuals remarkably have. Part 1 relates a story of a blind street child and that of a sighted stranger who made a difference with a simple act of clarity. It reveals something about our thinking patterns particularly as this relates to life issues and highlights how anyone can make a difference to achieve a goal easily. Part 2 is about a blind girl and a deaf but musically gifted man. It reveals a lesson about how just one positive thought can be a thousand times far stronger than a host of negative ones. The third part briefly explores what it means to be a blind person from the context of how our eyes are designed to see light and colour. But even bereft of the gift of sight, it doesn’t mean that blind individuals are helpless. They are not. The fourth and last part explores what organisations like the United Nations have done to address the issue of blindness around the world.
THEY CALLED HIM DAVID
On a roadside, a blind child called David was sitting and begging. He had this pad beside him. Written on it was: “I’m blind, help me with money”.
The road he was sitting on was a crowded one. Many people used to pass by him, look at him and then his pad. But mostly, they wouldn’t give him any money.
Once, a stranger with a limp was passing by this road. He too noticed this blind child begging and read his pad too. The first thing he did was put some coin in the bowl. But he did something else too, something different. He went to that pad and rubbed off the writing which said, “I’m blind, help me with money“, and rewrote something else there. And then he went on his way.
At that instant, other people passing by, started donating money after reading the newly-written message on David’s pad. For days the beggar child was surprised and amazed. He knew that someone came earlier, donated some coin and rewrote something on his pad. But because of his condition, But because of his condition, he couldn’t read what that stranger wrote.
Now that person, was again passing by the same road a week later. He stood near David and noticed that his bowl was full of coins. David instant-ly recognized him by the movement of his legs (blind individuals eventually develop a sharp sixth sense). He asked the gentleman what it was exactly he wrote that compelled people to start donating him coins?
The man replied softly, “Nothing much, son. It gives the same meaning, though I used different words.”
He said “I wrote – Today is such a beautiful day but I can’t see it, I’m blind.”