A new disability

I have a new disability–I can’t smell. I managed to catch my husband’s cold on our trip to Philadelphia, to General George McCall School where we gave a talk at the school’s Literary Night. The students, K-8 had decorated their doors in literary fashion. One had a Plato quote, which was pretty impressive. So many of Mrs. Greenberg’s 7th and 8th students attended, cheered and hooted and greeted us so wonderfully. We spent one day babysitting our granddaughter, Raya, now two and a half, and she was even more enthusiastic than the middle school students. The result: so much joy, but also a very unfriendly cold. Not only can I not smell, I can’t hear as well either. Oh winter! It is relentless this year. Unfortunately the snow today is just lovely, but tomorrow I worry it will be frozen once again, and I’ll have a fourth disability–impaired walking.

About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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