Betsy is a very close friend, in fact she is the one that got me jump started on my writing again – the original founder of the writing group I am in charge of. I kidnap her frequently and we go charging off to escape the kids and play. Our excursions are never boring because, you see, she is pretty much blind (she has retinitous pigmentosa – a degenerative eye disease). I say pretty much because she can see a little – your face, but that is pretty much it – but if you run across the room she can see more of you. She has a cane named Edgar (her first cane was Chadwick, but he got crushed), so most people think she is completely blind. That is where the fun comes in.
Often we will head to the mall, because that is where Bath and Body Works is. One day we were browsing the store and I wound up down near the cash registers, while she was a few isles away. I snagged something rather funny and turned to her. “Hey, Betsy! Look at this!”
The look on the cashier’s face was something else. She was completely incensed about my aparant insensitivity. I got the evil glare a few times, much to our delight. We giggled about that one for hours.
The bookstore is a highly entertaining place to go. You can imagine the looks on faces when she pulls books of the shelves and begins leafing through them. Or when I pull of a book and hand it to her. “What about this one? It seems like a really good story.” Of course, It may not help that we usually end up playing Marco Polo when we are looking for each other. I think next time she should start sniffing the books, so if someone asks she can tell them she buys them based on which one smells the best. 😀
Well, if you haven’t gotten the idea yet, she has an amazing sense of humor and we love to play with people’s minds. It is highly entertaining. One evening we walked in to 7-Eleven with a serious case of the giggles. One of us made the comment for some reason that “A wrong doesn’t make a right” and of course in response “but 3 lefts do!” So, Betsy proceeded to meander around the store making her three lefts while I turned right and headed to Slurpee machine. The poor store employee stood there looking slighty baffled and rather panicked. Here was this blind lady meandering around the store and her friend wasn’t doing a thing! The employee began looking a tad bit irritated with me when she finally made a comment to whether or not Betsy needed assistance. “Oh no,” I replied, “She is just proving that three left turns make a right.”
The employee started laughing so hard she gave us our slurpees for free!
Aside from a never ending supply to humor there are definite benefits to having a blind, or nearly blind, friend. They never tell you you look bad. They have happy camper parking passes (handicap parking). You can tell them to step up when there is nothing to step up on and watch them high step through the parking lot. They can sword fight with their cane – which is way cool.
Of course there is one drawback that cropped up after a shopping trip with Betsy. I was talking with my hubby and friend and suddenly the friend pipes up, “Wait a second. You’re getting fashion advice from a blind lady???” After we all finished busting up laughing I simply replied. “Yup, and I have better fashion now than I did before, what does that say about me?”
All kidding aside. Betsy is awesome, and it is amazing to hang out with her. Her independence and things she does never ceases to amaze me. She has an amazing attitude and sense of humor. She doesn’t let it get her down, but cracks jokes about it and focuses on all the good things. In short, she teaches me a lot and I have become a better person just by knowing her. So, thanks Betsy, for all your awesomeness. 😀