[nfb-talk] New THOUGHT PROVOKER #153 My Sister's Keeper
lauraeaves at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 27 01:35:28 UTC 2010
Well, my thought is that everyone, sighted or blind, could use a friendly
"keeper" every now and then. One thing not pointed out is that JC was able
to legally identify the perpetrator. Have you ever listened to a blind
person who has been a victim or close witness of a violent crime, try and
get the authorities to listen to them, only to be told that sight is
required to identify someone as hearing is unreliable? I had a blind friend
who had this happen -- a family member brutalized, and she the only witness
as the family member had alzheimers and couldn't testify. She was told
"Sorry, there is nothing we can do," and that because she was blind.
As for JC's overprotectiveness of her sister, I think this is normal, and if
Rhoda feels smothered by it she should just join the nfb and assert herself
more. There is not always a prankster in the vicinity. In the situation in
the story, JC I think was doing the right thing -- she wasn't there to help
the poor blind kids find their way to classes, she was there because of a
known troublemaker that posed a threat.
I'm sorry if I'm wimping out of fighting the bully on this one, but as I
said, everyone could use a friend now and then.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Leslie Newman" <newmanrl at cox.net>
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Subject: [nfb-talk] New THOUGHT PROVOKER #153 My Sister's Keeper
RE: My Sister's Keeper
THOUGHT PROVOKER #153 is by a guest author. The issue is, how does a blind
person deal with a sighted person that feels you, the blind person is
needing protection and can't handle a bully? If you have not read the
PROVOKER, it follows. Recall that I collect responses and post them upon my
web site for all the WWW to read and learn from and that URL is-
Http://thoughtprovoker.info If you wish to receive THOUGHT PROVOKERS sent
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THOUGHT PROVOKER 153
MY SISTER'S KEEPER
By Guest Author
Vito stopped when he noticed J.C. sitting at a desk near the stairwell.
"Hey, J.C.! Everybody's getting together for a pickup game at the ballpark.
"No time," J.C. answered. "I need to stay here."
"Hall Monitor?" Vito wondered. "What's up with that?"
"You know the rumors," J.C. explained. "Some girls have complained about
guys hanging out too close to their locker room, fooling around. And right
now, Rhoda is in there with her friend Mandy. They can't see if some guy is
looking for trouble, so I'm pretty much on guard duty."
"What, they can't spare a girl to do that?"
"No, they're too busy. Besides, that's my sister in there, and I want to
make sure nobody hits up on her."
Just then, Rhoda and Mandy came out of the locker room. Mandy had her dog,
Beartrap. Rhoda had her cane. But neither of them could have been prepared
for what happened next. As the girls entered the corridor, a string, unseen
to anyone, shot across. Having no time to react, Rhoda tripped over it,
sprawling on the floor. She was sore, but unharmed. Mandy and Beartrap
reacted angrily. Rhoda was confused. "What in the world was that?!" she
Beartrap barked loudly, and pawed at a nearby door, apparently the source
of the string. "I'll tell you what it was!" J.C. growled as he opened the
door. "It was HIM!"
Brian, a teammate of his on the baseball team, had been in the janitor's
closet, waiting for the right moment for his prank. J.C. grabbed him by the
collar, slamming him into the wall.
"What do you think you're doing, you punk!" he shouted. "I knew you were
behind all those pranks, and now I've got proof!"
"Oh, come on, J.C., lighten up!" Brian pleaded lamely. "I was just having a
"You call that 'fun'? You could have killed her!"
"Ah, she'll get over it. But I suppose this means I'm suspended from the
"Oh, more than you bargained for, punk! I'm going downtown and pressing
assault charges! I'll need you there, Rhoda. Mandy, do you want to come?"
"I guess so," Rhoda replied. "But it will have to wait till school's over."
"Dude, aren't you being a little harsh?" Vito asked.
"No way," J.C. insisted. "To pull a stunt like that on a blind person,
especially my own sister, is the lowest of the low. This punk needs to get
Surprisingly, Mandy also took exception to this, though for her own
reasons. "Excuse me, Mister Laval, O hero of the defenseless! Who asked you?
Rhoda doesn't need your help! She can fight her own battles! Tell him,
Robert Leslie Newman
Author of THOUGHT PROVOKER
Thought Is The First Step To Beyond
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