I’m reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I know, I’m so behind everyone else, and as yet I’m not sure how much I’m actually enjoying it.
I was reading away in bed last night and the blind grandmother was introduced to the plot. Before long she was asking to feel someone’s face and I was cringing and all but shouting at my player telling her not to do it!
This led me to a somewhat scary chain of thought. First of all I was wondering why authors of fiction insist that their blind characters insist on feeling faces. I’ve never met a blind person yet who did this so why do they do it in books and films?
Then I started thinking further. There are definitely those people out there who, for whatever reason, appear to do anything to avoid interacting with a blind person. Maybe I’ve found the reason why! Perhaps they’re genuinely afraid that I’m going to invade their personal space and start touching them!
I know I’m being a little tongue in cheek about this, but I wonder if it is a real fear for some people?