The other day, I was giving this blind girl that works at the school for the blind a ride in to work. This is a different person than the one I usually take, but it still begs the whole blind leading the blind question. Anyway, during the ride over, we’re talking about the school, the classes that she is taking in college etc. Turns out, she’s taking Japanese as her foreign language and was sharing that she found writing Japanese to be very challenging, probably due to her “lack of vision.”
I burst out laughing as soon as she finished saying that. I followed my laugh with a “Ya think so?”
She was telling me, between her bursts of laughter, that I was being mean and that I shouldn’t make fun of her disability. I apologized for laughing, and told her that I thought that writing Japanese would be challenging to anyone, but that the way she said that her difficulties were due to her “lack of vision” was just hilarious to me. She was laughing so hard at the whole thing that I really don’t think she was offended at all.
While this whole scene is going on, we drove right past the school for the blind. As soon as I realized I was driving past our destination I mentioned it to her. I apologized for driving past the school and immediately turned the car around.
As I’m turning the car around, I say:
“You know, you could’ve said something to me and told me I was driving past the school.”
To which she replies:
“I would have, had it not been for my LACK OF VISION!”
When we were done with our laugh, she gets out of the car and wants me to give her my cell phone number so she can make sure to call me the next time she needs a ride anywhere. In the end, it turned out to be a really fun ride.