Why blind people wear watches

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Every day there is an interesting story that comes from working with the visually impaired. Yesterday was no different. One of our students with zero light visibility approached the concession stand where I was ordering a water.

He ordered a coke and began to pull out his wallet to pay. When he did, I noticed that he had this beautiful watch on, much like mine. “Friend, that’s an awesome watch”, I said, “can I see it?”  “Sure”, he said.

Just then, I caught myself thinking “why does he have a watch on? He can’t tell time. He can’t see time.”

Then it occurred to me. That’s really not the point. The fact that he dresses nicely and wears a watch doesn’t have anything to do with his vision. It has to do with the person that he is. You see, he has never known what vision is. Hands on the face of a watch are in his mind. Is it my place to tell him what he’s missing? Who would that serve? Why could I possibly do that?

There was no reason to share that.  Blind people can wear watches if they so choose. He walked away and went about his day with a smile on his face.


I’d love to hear your comments if this resonated with you and if you ever made an assumption on what type of vision someone else had or did not have.

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