"The Blind Man Who Can
6 days ago, I
arrived here in Tampa, Florida.
I came for a mastermind meeting with my coaching group and then to stay for
At the end of the master mind meeting, my coach, Matt Furey, said to me,
"Laura, you know sign language, right?"
"Yep," I said.
"On an advanced level?" he asked.
"Yep." I said. Maybe I should have answered that so quickly.
"Well," he continued, "I have a deaf man coming to the seminar and his
interpreter bombed out at the last minute. Would you be able to do that?"
"Sure. No problem."
said. "There will be a deaf man and a blind man attending."
I was really interested and curious. I've been around the hearing impaired a
lot, learned sign language in college, interpreted and tutored in elementary
school, and interpreted in our church. I knew it would be a struggle for the
deaf man coming.
But, a blind man at a seminar that I knew was going to be highly visual? I
was interested to meet them both.
I'll have to tell you more about my marathon interpreting later; but, this I
have to tell you first.
His name was Michael. He was quiet, sat with his friend who helped him get
around, and didn't say much the first day.
No one said much to him that first day. I felt kinda bad - people just don't
know the right way to respond to people with "disabilities".
But, this man had no disability.
When he wanted to get around, he used his stick to navigate between tightly
packed tables and an aisle with video/computer equipment.
He walked around the hotel hall by himself, moving his stick side to side to
find his way.
The second day, I got opportunity to learn more about him.
First, he can't see a single thing.
Secondly, he makes money online!! Not what I would expect from a blind
Third - he can see! Now, he can't see with his eyes; but he had an
incredible "sense". He could tell how far you were standing. He copied and
did stretching exercises he had never seen. It was amazing. I wish you could
have seen it. I swear it was like he was wearing sunglasses "pretending" to
But, I know he wasn't because he was kinda reaching out in my general
direction to shake hands when I introduced myself.
Anyway, on the last day of the seminar - today - he said a few words.
He reminded all of us "seeing" people...that we needed to know what we
wanted, and when we knew that, to know that there was nothing to stop us.
"You need to use your imagination to figure out a way to do something you
want when everyone around you is thinking that it's impossible."
And I thought I could see.
He saw with his mind things that most of us never see. The eyes in his body
never reveal a image to him; but without those, he saw one of the greatest
things most people never see...what your imagination, determination, and
spirit can dream and see for you.
I'm blessed to have met Michael. He has the best eyes I've seen in a long
Do you have any blind children? It just occurred to me when talking
with Michael that the blind people want to enjoy life just like everyone
else and use technology adapted to help them experience it. And, with the
homeschool cooking in a box, the included audio tape with all the recipe
instructions would work perfectly for the blind children who may still be
learning Braille or can't find a Braille cookbook.
Maybe in the creation of this product, God had in mind that someday I'd be
meeting Michael and he would reveal this unique aspect for blind children to
have an awesome cooking experience.
Laura Bankston is
author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum:
ï¿œHomeschool Cooking in a Boxï¿œ and the ï¿œHomeschool Cookbookï¿œ. She
currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support
websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For
information on her curriculum and free home school support services,
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