There is a powerful video piece on the NY Times website today. Look up “Notes on Blindness” written by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. It is about a man named John Hull who as an adult has gone from sight to blindness.
For me the power of the story comes from the sounds of life and from the honesty of John Hull. As I frequently heard expressed on the TV show The Wire, I feel him. It is akin to what I feel when I click “like.” I feel for a piece or a picture posted.
The sounds of the video are often from water. Sometimes from the kitchen, at other moments from the weather, with occasional visits to the ocean. It captured my imagination to watch and hear ocean depths or the rain on trash cans or roof. I closed my eyes, and as John seemed to express, tried to remember the sight.
John says he is forgetting what his wife or daughter look like. I feel his sadness. I want to hear from him again in a year or two. Sometimes, even now, he makes it sound as if some of his being blind is enriching. It is what I hope for him, but is it possible? My hope or his hope? It is what I feel.