‘A new student today…a blind teenager...William, oh the fun we will share!’ Caroline tied her apron, checking the full pockets.
William walked toward her, his white cane sweeping across the sidewalk and she joyfully called to him, “William!” He swung toward her.
“Miss Caroline?” William hesitated as Caroline gently laid her hand upon his arm, squeezing lightly. “I’m…William. Your new student… here to learn…colors,” he stammered.
William felt warmth and acceptance as she led him to the lawn where they both knelt. Caroline took his hand, guiding across the grass. “This is green. Green is new life—in grass, in leaves, in foods both tart and sweet.”
Tearing some grass, she crushed them between her fingers, then touching his face. “I want you to smell grass….really deep breaths. This is green, green grass.”
William inhaled and smiled at the unique scent. Then Caroline directed him to taste the grass, chew the grass. The bitterness hit his tongue immediately and he spat it out. “Not all greens taste so awful. Here, try this kiwi.” She placed the peeled pieces upon his palm.
He smiled at the delight of tart and sweet, soft and chewy. “Now this I like!”
Caroline helped William stand and head to the sidewalk. “That’s all for today. Here is a list in Braille of items for you and your parents to taste, feel, and smell. And this CD has as the first track. . Explore them all.” She noticed William’s mother walking down the walk and calling him. “Tomorrow…we will discover…BLUE.”
William turned in the direction of his mother’s voice, but he paused. “No one has ever done this…”
As Caroline turned toward her room, she was yellow and orange as she relived William’s words.
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. Part 2 (final) will be posted tomorrow, 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! Right now!