Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Kind encounter

April 26, 2007


To the editor:

On April 14, my friend from Wichita and I were at Wheatfields waiting in line to pay for our breakfast. I have been blind since birth, but my friend's blindness occurred just five months ago. She knocked a display of candy bars off a shelf as she was looking through her purse. People around us picked up the candy and put the display back together as my friend apologized profusely and I explained that this kind of thing happens to both blind and sighted people.

Employees and customers were very patient and compassionate. One man said, "That's OK, they'll be easier to eat now." Someone else said, "yeah, they'll have a few more nuts in them." After breakfast, as we purchased baked goods, that same patience and compassion was shown again.

This was Tonya's first venture outside of her neighborhood without her trainer or a sighted guide, a major milestone for any blind person who is learning to live independently. As Tonya's friend and as the president of the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, I say a heartfelt thank you for helping to make her trip one that she calls "a blessing from the Lord."

Tonya arrived home safely with her Wheatfields treasures, loved her biscuits and gravy and informed me that I will be mailing her packages from the bakery quite often. This is so fantabulous!! It makes me proud to call Lawrence, Kansas, home.

Lynda Canaday,



GSWtotheheart 11 years, 1 month ago

Linda, I wasn't there but if I was, I would have helped you too. My father has been physically disabled almost 35 years (I'm 37) and there is nothing he hates more than to be seen as handicapped and in somebody's way or a burden or whatever. Living with him has taught me to help graciously, to be empathetic, and to understand that indeed, things happen to everyone and we can help without being an a**hole about it. BTW, I heard you sing at a Habitat function and I was BLOWN AWAY!

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

OK, folks. Everbody ready? Now rip into em.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 1 month ago

Thank heavens for kind people!

I would have helped, too. I would have helped (and have), even when the person isn't disabled. It's just the nice thing to do.

Whatever happened to the promotion of random acts of kindness?

Confrontation 11 years, 1 month ago

I love to hear stories like this one! Nothing upsets me more than to see people disrespect someone with a disability. Thanks for the letter, Lynda.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 1 month ago


thanks LJW for printing this LTE. this is a good story. even one rude word could have really hurt tonya deeply in this phase of her life. Lynda expressed the situation very well.

Hey, Pal, its 11a.m. and no rips...must be a record.

james bush 11 years, 1 month ago

Good letter..........helps us put things in proper perspective!

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