Essay on My Blind Friend Taught Me to See

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How My Blind Friend Taught Me to See

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Helen Keller

Twelve years ago, at the birthday party of a friend, was the first time I met somebody my own age who had a disability. He was tall for his age, thin, and wore eyeglasses, just like I did. It was this commonality that initially attracted me to him, since I didn't know very many kindergartners who wore glasses. I had begun wearing glasses to correct a case of strabismus at age two, and was able to see perfectly when I put them on. However, I was not aware of the fact that his glasses did very little to sharpen his vision, and that he was legally blind.

On the last day of second grade, at the unofficial annual picnic at Westland
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After that year, we were not assigned the same teachers for fourth grade, and unfortunately, we drifted apart. As we finished elementary school and I watched him from a greater distance, his disability somehow became more apparent to me. When other kids asked me if I knew him, I would think of him as the boy who couldn't see well, or the one in the class who had to read large-type books. Why was I doing this? In part, it may have been because I was forced to look at his situation with less subjectivity. Perhaps it was because I began to recognize there were a few things he couldn't do as well as others. Most of all, I believe that my feelings came from the fact that society emphasizes disabilities as a difference between human beings.

While it is necessary to be aware of other's disabilities, they should not be the distinguishing factor between two people. As we continued through middle school, I realized that losing contact often causes one to lose sight of somebody's true personality, and the characteristics that make them who they are. However, I would eventually notice his maturity, perseverance and determination in all areas of his life, qualities which have led him to develop into a young man I truly admire.

During my junior year, we were placed in the same Aquatics class. I discovered our interests now differed, but that we had both

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