I walked in there. Unsure of where I was. I could smell a musty, old smell. I could hear absolutely nothing. I could feel cold, bitter air. I could see… well, nothing. Because I was blind.
I have been blind for my whole life. And I can tell you, it has been a rollercoaster ride! It’s been hard when you need to write something down or I need to call my Mum. However, I’ve had SOME good times. For example, when I need to go to sleep- that’s good because my eyes are already closed.
I’ve cried and cried… AND cried. People have bullied me non-stop. It’s been horrible.
Thankfully, I can now put that all behind me. That’s because I escaped. And I’ve ended up here.
The only place that I want to be right now is home. With my Mum and Dad snuggled up on the sofa, watching some film, that I can’t see. I would prefer that, to this.
All I brought with me was my favourite braille book and my white teddy bear. (Which, by the way, I don’t even know whether it is white, but that is what I’ve been told.)
Carefully, I reach my shaking hand out and feel a bench. I sit on it and think about what to do next. After a while, I decide to go and find something to eat, as I also brought £10.91 with me. I unfold my map (that I can understand because it’s a special one for blind people) and find a newsagent’s shop to buy a sandwich.
I eat my sandwich in the silent streets. I had no idea what to do or where to go.
Slowly, I feel my eyes getting sleepier and sleepier by the second. However, I force myself to stay awake.
Like a mouse, I start to hear someone creeping up towards me.
“Hello.” The person whispers.
“Umm… hello. Who are you?” I answer back, wondering who is speaking to me.
“I’m Luke- nice to meet you.” He reaches out his hand, as if to shake my hand.
“Oh, umm… sorry I’m- well I’m… I’m blind.”
There was an awkward silence for a moment or two.
“Oh, sorry I had no idea.” He said, unsure what to do.
“Don’t worry, it’s fine. My name is Lucy, by the way.”
“Well, hello Lucy. It’s lovely to meet you.” He steps forwards towards me and gives me a hug.
I’ve never actually had anyone who has just treated me normally. Who has just stepped forward and given me a hug (apart from my own family, who HAVE treated me normally). But this time, this very special, kind person, had just treated me… normally. And it felt so amazing.
And all I can wish for is for as many people possible to be like that. Because if they were, the world would be such a happier and more peaceful place.
So, in the end, Luke had JUST given me a friendly hug, and it had turned into an incredible friendship.