This afternoon I have a very thought provoking article to share.
Author John Justice, and his dear wife Linda have put together something that is sure to give us all some food for thought.
I have played the “But What If?” game many times.
Now, as I sit here with the warm sunshine streaming in through the windows, doing what I love with King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba snoring softly in the background I have my answer.
While I suffer many trials due to my blindness, there are just as many sighted persons suffering their own.
Read this heartwarming article, think about all the choices you’ve made, and if you like share some of your experiences.
If you like, email John himself to let him know what you think. I’m sure he’d be glad to hear from you.
Make sure to read onward once the article’s done to learn all about John and his many wonderful books.
Thanks for stopping by here in the Author’s Corner and come back again soon to see what might come up next.
BUT WHAT IF?
BY: JOHN AND LINDA JUSTICE
Throughout our lives, we have had to make choices in every respect with our visual impairment in mind. Since we do this without thinking, it isn’t something we dwell on. But what if we grew up with perfect vision? How would our lives be different? The fact is, like it or not, we are different people because of our blindness.
“Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start.” For those who are blind at birth or at a very young age, schooling becomes the first challenge for parents. Some children were ripped from their family environments and sent hundreds of miles away to live in strange restricted surroundings. Others experienced something called “main streaming” which involved sending them to public or private schools while providing specialized training based on their blindness. In either case, our impressions of the world around us would be altered by a lack of visual perception. For normally sighted children, the only decision might involve sending them to a private or public school. No specialized training would be required in either case.
From the very beginning, we had to make choices about our careers, based on what we could do as blind people. Personal strengths and talents would also be included in that decision, but our choices would be restricted by our acceptance, as visually impaired, by our chosen working environment. As a result, our choices would be limited to some extent. Blindness compelled us to make career decisions we might not have made as perfectly sighted people. But what if we both had perfect vision?
John wanted to enter the military and follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. When he was drafted, he went to the recruitment office hoping that there might be a way he could still serve. He wanted to be a radio operator which wasn’t a combat-based position. His blindness precluded his acceptance into the military in any capacity. He moved onto other pursuits. As a perfectly sighted draftee, where would he be now after fifty-five years?
Linda’s dream was broad casting. As anyone can tell you, a broadcaster has to start in small markets and work her way up to larger stations. Her inability to drive and operate outdated equipment without sight, made it difficult for her to find any work at all. In many cases, she was rejected out of hand by management who couldn’t imagine her working the station alone. But, like John, she refused to give up and tried other positions which would make the best use of her abilities. If she had perfect vision, where would Linda be now after thirty-five years?
Life is made up of many decisions. Everyone, blind or not, is a product of those choices. Where would John be now? Would he have met Linda? Would he still be living in the Philadelphia area? Would he have become a musician and then a piano tuner? Would Linda have ever gone to Littlerock Arkansas? Would she have ever met John? Would she have stayed in Broadcasting? There’s an old saying that seems to fit this situation. “Life is like a river. You either move with the flow or drown.” We’re both still swimming along together.
MORE ABOUT JOHN…
THE PADDY STORIES, BOOK ONE
© 2016 by John Justice / 371 pages
In e-book ($4.99) and print ($15.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
Full details, free text preview, author bio, buying links, and information about John’s other books (both published and forthcoming) are at: http://www.dldbooks.com/johnjustice/
Blind Paddy Flynn, orphaned at age eight, travels by train from Philadelphia to California in 1947 to live with his childless aunt and uncle, Doreen and Bob Chandler. Part One tells of his mother’s death, his time in a children’s home, the good friends he makes there, and then his long and eventful journey to California.
In Part Two, by a wonderful twist of fate, Paddy and his closest friend from Philadelphia, Lucy Candelaria, are reunited in California. Their unusual and loving relationship and their special form of communication make up a major part of the story.
The well-drawn cast of characters includes the residents and staff of the children’s home, the friendly family Paddy stays overnight with in Chicago, the train staff, the several adults who accompany him on different legs of his journey, his kind and welcoming relatives and their wonderful dog, and various neighbors there in California. It’s clear that one neighbor family leads a very different life from the peaceful and prosperous one enjoyed by the Chandlers.
With his loving nature, courage, and can-do spirit, Paddy brings joy and inspiration to many others and even stands up to two memorable bullies, one at the children’s home and one in California. But how will he adjust to life at a school for the blind? Book One of The Paddy Stories ends with Paddy once again having to face an uncertain future.
To be continued in Book Two.
Edited by David Dvorkin and Leonore H. Dvorkin
Cover by David Dvorkin
OTHER BOOKS BY JOHN…
Love Letters in the Grand: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Big-City Piano Tuner
Nonfiction by John Justice, C 2017 / 133 pages in print
It’s Still Christmas
C 2015 by John Justice / 35 pages long
ABOUT JOHN, IN HIS OWN WORDS…
I have been married to my wife, Linda, since 1981. We live in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. We don’t have any children. I have always found that being creative was a part of me. I have written many articles for publication and have published several songs. Writing is now, and will always be, my dream.
If you’d like to contact John, you can Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone: 215-657-2577
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