It was all I could do not to fall out with a family member at the weekend! It highlighted just how little sighted people realise about our struggle with not having access to our own transport.
We were talking about cars and how reliant we are on them. I said that it was a real adjustment which I had to make when I no longer had access to a car after my marriage broke up. This person said she would never be prepared to go without a car for the following reasons:
She wouldn’t like to get two buses to bingo and stand about in the cold waiting for them;
She wouldn’t go out in the dark because its not safe;
What would she do if they wanted to go out for the day:
She wouldn’t be able to carry her shopping home;
Taxis are too expensive;
She wouldn’t be able to visit us because she wouldn’t use the train.
I think there were more but I can’t remember now. I said that if it came to it, she’d adjust because she’d have to, but she denied this. So I asked her, how she thought myself and my partner managed? Her reply was, “Well its different for you, you have no option!”
Exactly my point, but she clearly thought it would never happen to her and it wouldn’t because she’s not blind.
I remained well behaved throughout the conversation!!!