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The Blind Leading the Blind
October 6, 2009, 1:02 pm
Filed under: senior, women

About two weeks ago, as I made my way down Third Avenue heading for home, I heard a man calling out, “Help me.  Someone, please help me”.  It was a blind man standing on East 22nd Street, faced away from Third Avenue.  Being the Good Samaritan, and having just enjoyed a fine glass of wine, I stepped up to the occasion.  Asking if I could help, he readily agreed.  I went to take hold of his arm, but he had other plans.  In some complicated maneuver, he swung me to his left side like a deft square-dancing partner.  He explained he needed to get to the bus stop.  Not knowing the neighbor, I asked him for directions.  He took his white cane and pointed toward Third Avenue, slightly south of where we stood.  With that, I ceremoniously led him across 22nd Street, right to a telephone booth.  He gently explained, no, that was not a bus stop; that was a telephone booth.  (Sorry, it kind of looked like a bus stop.)  On we went a few more steps when he announced, here it is – this is the bus stop he wanted.  Giving me the biggest smile, he thanked me profusely.  One last favor, he asked – is there a bus coming?  I strained to look down the street but then had to admit – “I am sorry sir.  The truth is, I don’t see so well myself.”


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