HI friends. yes, it’s been a while.
Ok, so yes, today is my birthday. I don’t expect any happy birthday wishes from anyone, but if you were thinking of wishing me happy birthday, thanks in advance. <smile> I only say this because I may forget to thank you later, and i don’t want it to be neglected, so I figure, if I get it out of the way now, I’m covered. But that’s not the main focus for this post, just the setting in which this scneario took place.
So, I got plenty of birthday wishes. The first birthday wish that caused me the issue that humbled me was when someone sent me 2 photos. As most of you know, I’m blind. I have an app on my phone that can recognize pictures, to a certain degree. sometimes, it does a great job. sometimes, it’s deplorable. With one of the photos, it said it was from 123greetings.com and reaad me the text. the second photo, I had no idea. It said, “Probably nintendo, cartoon.” At first, I wanted to get angry because, she knows I am blind, so why pictures? do people not think of the fact that, blind, can’t see. Pictures, well… IN any case, of course, I thought it was nice for her to want to send it, and I felt badly that I couldn’t see it. Like, if I tried hard enough I could, or it’s my fault or something. ridiculous, right? both things are, because people don’t know what my technology can and can’t tell me. Well, I had 3 choices. I could either thank her and pretend I loved it and knew what it was. (I’ve done my share of that in the past and just don’t like to) I could tell her thanks but could she tell me what was in the pictures? Lastly, I have a friend who I can go to who has gotten really good describing videos and pictures to me. I must admit that though option 2 might be the one most preferred because hey, it educates, I chose option 3. My friend told me to hold a minute because she had to enlarge it to read the tiny letters in the picture. now at first, i wanted to feel badly about this, but then I told myself honestly, she probably has to do this with lots of pictures that come through Facebook, messenger, and the like. it’s probably par for the course. So she read it and I thanked her and the person sending it.
then, one of the people I have gotten really close to lately, and actually, a person who helped me in a situation where blindness was a barrier a few weeks ago, sent me a happy birthday picture. I started with disappointment until I realized, again, she probably had no idea it came across as a picture, or maybe, that my software could do nothing with it. My image-recognition software did a deplorable job with this picture. so, again, I sent it to my option 3 go-to friend. i said I was sorry, I hated to ask her again, but she said she is glad to do it.
I did tell the other friend that it took me some time to get back to her because I had to ask the other friend to describe the picture.
Can I be honest? Sometimes, i hate blindness. I wish I could enjoy that stuff. it gets me down sometimes, but it’s all a matter of perspective. The truth is, god has been wonderful to give me a friend who is willing and can describe these things for me. I could ask a service available to do some of this, but then again, that would be harder and more impersonal. Plus, I just didn’t think of it.
Now, to end this post, I do have to tell you what my option 3, go-to gal sent me. she sent a youtube video of the craziest happy birthday song ever. when you went to it, you were asked when you graduated from high school. After you picked the decade, a song played in the style of music similar to what was popular when you graduated (I should have picked 1980-1989 because I enjoyed 80’s music better than 90’s; I may go back and do that <lol>) It even put your name into the song. i don’t know how she found this, but it was absolutely the coolest thing. it was audio, it was sound. it was something I could definitely fully appreciate. I could choose to focus on the negative, or I could focus on the positive, the fact that she has been there to describe, and that she also thoughtfully picked out just the right birthday thing. It is still making me smile.