You will be remembered

“Hi, You’re the girl who’s going to Stratford right?” I turned to the man from the London underground, my face a big questionmark. “Erm, no, I never go to Stratford. I’m off to Acton.” “Oh, I thought you always went to Stratford,” he replied as we started walking down the stairs. “I’ve honestly been to Stratford once, no wait, twice, in my entire life.”

After a bit of confusion, we finally figured it out. The man had taken me down to the tube 18 months ago, and that exact day, I must have been going to Stratford. It may seem a little strange, but this happens to blind people a lot. We do something, and probably because we’re blind, whoever was there when we did it, thinks this must be our habit, and therefore remember it and us when they next see us even though a long time might have passed.

It did use to freak me out, but now I find it rather entertaining and a little sweet. They only want to help after all.

My Stratford story is funny, but the one which has made me laugh the most, was when a friend of mine went in to a McDonald’s restaurant he had visited a couple of years earlier. He had just walked up to the counter to place his order, when the guy behind the counter listed what he had had last time. It was all correct, even down to the size of his drink.

The moral of this post is, be careful what you do if you’re a little bit different. It might just stick with you! And if you work in the service industry, Always ask, unless you know the person well.

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3 thoughts on “You will be remembered

  1. One of my friends hates when she takes the New York City subway, as she does several times a week, and someone asks her if she knows when the stop is that she needs to get off on the train is or will be coming up. She doesn’t like that people might be making an assumption that because she is severely visually impaired that she can not travel on her own without someone telling her when her stop has come up. However, she always welcomes assistance crossing busy New York City avenues. For her, the difference is the element of fear because she doesn’t want someone to follow her and maybe rob her when she gets off at her subway stop which location is sometimes a little deserted. I agree that most people want to be helpful, but it can be a little insulting that they might think that a visually impaired person always needs assistance when traveling.

    Best, Michelle

    1. I agree with your friend on both points. I don’t like when someone who isn’t working for the underground is asking where I’m going and I used to get that a lot in London. My usual reply was something like “Yes, do you know where you’re getting off?” most people responded by telling me their stop as I always said this with a smile. And sometimes we’d even have a conversation about what they were doing.

      You may be interested to know, I’m writing a romantic story involving Tony from the Street navigation post, but it will be long, so may have to post in two or three installments and it’s still a work in progress.

      best,
      Linn

  2. I am very much looking forward to reading your story. The longer the better as you are a very fine writer.

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