Linking up with
Five minute friday with Lisa-Jo Baker over at
Every Friday Lisa posts a word to be used as a subject that we can then take five minutes to write about, unedited, without thinking, stopping when the five minutes is up. Here is my "Five Minutes".
Todays word: See
When I read that the word for today was "see", my thoughts immediately went to a friend named Tracy.
At the age of 16 Tracy's doctor told her that due to a disease,
she would be totally blind
within a year.
She and her brother took that year and looked at everything, everything they could, anywhere they could. They left school, and traveled, small little one or two day trips here and there.
They woke early to watch the sunrise. They stayed up late to count stars and learn about the constellations.
They chased butterflies.
They went swimming in the lake. They went to every museum, library, and movie they had time and money to see.
Then... she went blind.
When I met her she had taught herself to sew and was well known for her skills at fitting and altering wedding dresses, making custom quilts, and doing alterations for people with special needs.
Tracy was happy earning a living doing something she loved to do. One day I asked her "Tracy, do you miss being able to see the world?"
"No, being blind has afforded me
the opportunity to stop and listen,
to smell, and to touch.
I still see the world,
just not with my eyes."