Patriots Day

As I’ve hit the three-month mark with my sweet Davey man, I can feel the trust building inside me. More and more Dave blazes along a route, only erring in excessive sniffing, rather than in veering or placing me in any peril.
Still, on routes with major pedestrian, dog, or sidewalk construction traffic, I feel the familiar dread creeping into my tummy as I venture out. At those moments I inhale and think of the fortune in a cookie one of my students told me about: “Today you must do something you are afraid to do.” This fortune actually speaks more to my student, a young Tibetan woman from India, for whom English is about a fourth language—and she, an MFA student.
Yesterday was a day for facing fear, and Davey guided beautifully, not even succumbing to the enticing odors. However, he did relieve himself in front of the library doors, a distance away from any trash cans I was familiar with. I marched along, the bag of poop dangling like a waltzing matilda, crossed at the next intersection and arrived at the Nail Salon. I didn’t want to carry my package inside.
And that’s when a woman stopped and said, “I see a trash can. May I take that for you?”
Not quite the service we want to offer necessarily on the upcoming Patriots Day, September 11, but a lovely gesture nonetheless.

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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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One Response to Patriots Day

  1. Angie Saylor says:

    Hi, Sally. I find myself with a free day while the grandchildren are at school. I’m trying to get familiar with blogging, so I checked out your blog. I really enjoyed this one. It was quite funny.

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