Friday, March 7, 2014

Colors of the Rainbow: pt. 2

Source: how to make this cake
William heard Caroline's voice and strode toward, his white cane sweeping the walkway.  His excitement quivered in the air.  "Green! I felt a lime, tasted it!  The fern fronds--like a kite!  And the sound!  The wind in the trees!...."

William's face glowed with such pleasure.  "Now, what will we do today??"

Today was blue.  The sky, William reached into the air, knowing that the sky was untouchable but the wind swept through his fingers.  Water--cold and warm--salty or not.  Blueberries, blackberries...even a Smurf.  'Blue is cold'  William thought as he squished a gel therapy pack from the freezer.

Orange...Red...Yellow...Violet...Indigo...Days flew by as colors gained meaning.  Caroline saw that William was experiencing color, even if his eyes saw only a dim foggy gray.

'This is the last day' Caroline realized sadly.  William was ready to go on to other teachers, other explorations.  'Today is a rainbow!'


Rainbow: After the storm over the Texas Gulf Coast there was a rainbow.
Source: Photonut
Caroline led him to an arc drawn on a table  "This is a rainbow, with its curving side reaches into the sky and down again."  They knelt by one side.  

Guiding his hand along the top color, she asked, "What color is this?"  

William touched, tasted, and smelled the items--tomatoes, salsa, a cinnamon JellyBelly, a plastic chili pepper....."Red!  This is RED!  The first color is red!"  Caroline clapped as William worked his way through the colors.

"Red...orange...yellow..blue...green...indigo, but that is a weird color...and, violet!  That's it, isn't it?  That's the rainbow!  The rainbow in the sky after a rain..."

Then the time ended when William's mother walked to them.  "I'll see you soon, won't I? Miss Caroline?"

She patted his face, assuring him that soon, yes, soon.    William was led away with his mother, talking excitedly about the rainbow.

Caroline wiped the tears from her face.  "Go and find your rainbows, William!"  She picked up her own white cane and found her way back to her classroom, counting the steps memorized over the many years of her own blindness.

Delores @ Under the Porch Light  hosts "Wednesday Words", providing a list of six words and/or a sentence prompt, and/or an assignment.  This week I have chosen to do the assignment:  Describing a rainbow to a blind person.  This is part 2 (Friday, March 7th).  You absolutely MUST go to her site (by clicking the delightful stream on the side-bar)and read other participants' writing.  Go there!  I mean it!

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    1. thanks, Delores...and thanks for the prompt challenge.

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  2. That is such a great way to teach indeed

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    1. thanks, Pat! Teaching has to engage the student in meaningful ways for learning to take place...

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  3. I see you have not lost your touch my friend! Thanks for coming to visit me! Nice to see old friends and back to reading. THAT is especially nice :)

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    1. Meeting and following new bloggers is a true pleasure!

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  4. As I expected. Tears here - and gratitude for the beauty you share. And the tears and the gratitude are in perfect balance.

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    1. It makes me happy to know that William's life has been changed by a good teacher.

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  5. Oh, my, a real O.Henry ending, as good as The Gift. Thank yu.

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    1. O Henry--one of my favorite short story writers. Glad you enjoyed this. I value your good opinion.

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  6. Get to try lots of different foods to

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    1. I still cannot imagine what to do with indigo--glad I didn't have to think about it.

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  7. Colour beyond any darkness. Very profound and a lesson learnt, Susan.

    A colourful weekend to you.

    Gary

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    1. Good to see you, Gary. Colour makes a difference to all lives.

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  8. The teacher is also blind? That was unexpected and very well done.
    I like the rainbow cake.

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  9. Blindness would be a tough loss with which to deal, but if one has never known sight then understanding seeing would be a very abstract thing. You captured the experiencing of sightless seeing well.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Of all the senses to lose/never have had, sight would be the worst. I tried to think out how a blind child would experience color.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!