“It’s snowing” was the excited words that came out of my (Dave’s) daughter’s mouth on Sunday 24 January when, around 09:45, we had our first proper snowfall for several years.
It was laying quickly so as a family, we put on our boots, wrapped up warm and took ourselves for a walk in the snowfall. I used my cane in the freshly laid snow, leaving zigzag lines and footprints (as shown in the video) which made it look like an alien had been walking up the path! At this time, it wasn’t very deep so I could have navigated around safely but within just a few more minutes my cane wasn’t as affective as the snow got thicker.
Rather than repeating myself, I refer you back to an Insight we published about snow back in 2018 - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow - http://vidatraining.weebly.com/blog/41-let-it-snow-let-it-snow-let-it-snow) where I talk about the impact of snow for blind and vision impaired people.
I’m glad that 3 years on I got my wish for it to snow at the weekend 😊. It snowed for around 3 hours and we had a couple of inches in that time. It was the proper snow that you could make snowballs with, so an opportunity for my wife and kids to build a small snowman in the front garden. It was fun being out with them, being an easy target for snowballs, enjoying the soft feel of snow on my face and the silence and stillness that snow always brings.
And why is it that everyone that you pass in the streets likes to say hello and have a quick chat when it’s snowing? Is it because we’re all sharing the same special moment and it lifts everyone’s spirits?
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.