A Slice of AnnyWorld:
Imagine that the sun set one day and never rose again. That your nights took over your days, kind of like winter in Alaska. (Though they do have a couple hours of light each day.) That you had to relearn how to do everything you took for granted before like brushing your teeth, or going to the grocery store. This is what happened to my buddy, writer Beth Finke, the day her eyes stopped working.
What I admire about Beth is the way she uses her imagination to see in the dark. For example, putting toothpaste on a toothbrush when you can’t see it is impossible. (Try it. I have and can’t do it.) So Beth just squirts the paste in her mouth, and then brushes her teeth. Sounds simple, but not sure I would’ve thought of it.
Besides being a writer herself, Beth teaches memoir-writing courses for senior citizens. Because Beth wants everyone to be able to read their assignments and get critiqued in every class, she limits their in-class reading to 500 words and five minutes.
Humans being what they are, her students would set the timer to ten minutes or whatever to increase their moment in the sun. Beth caught on to what they were doing and put rubber cement on the ‘five’ so she always knew where it was on the timer.
Still, sometimes the people who read at the beginning would get more critique time. She noticed some students would always sit next to her in order to go first.
To fix that problem she decided to give each of them a braille Scrabble letter so they’d go in alphabetical order, instead of by where they sat. Again she picked up on people grabbing the beginning letters of the alphabet to try to get more time, so now she often starts with ‘z’ or some other letter to discourage that behavior.
Because of her ingenuity, as well as her wisdom, Beth’s classes always fill up.
For more ideas on how to see in the dark, and overcome your own limitations, check out Beth’s Safe and Sound Blog.
Posted in EmpowerGirlsOfAllAges, Imagination, Inspired Creativity and tagged EmpowerGirlsOfAllAges, Imagination, Inspired Creativity by anny with 4 comments.