That really annoying Small Faces song has been chugging around in my head while I’ve been thinking about this blog entry so I thought I’d share it. You’ll be singing it for days!
At the weekend some new people moved into the house next door and it got me wondering again about the old chestnut: do blind people face social isolation or do people in general not communicate any more?
I’ve lived in my house for over four years now and still don’t know anyone on my road apart from my immediate neighbours on one side and next door but one on the other, I don’t know who or where anyone is! People speak to me as they pass, but its just that.
I tried on Sunday to catch my new neighbours’ eye and say hello but couldn’t do it. When I spoke to my partner about this he said it probably wasn’t a blind thing. He thinks that neighbours just don’t talk to each other any more. He used his parents as an example. At one time they all had open house in their street. People went in and out and the kids got a drink and something to eat wherever they could. This doesn’t happen any more. Doors are locked and children are transported to friends’ houses in cars. It doesn’t make for a sociable society.
I did manage to speak to my neighbour on Monday morning. She was very surprised that I was on my way to work but pleasant enough. There’s always that niggle in the back of my mind. I wonder what she thinks about living next to a couple of blind people and a gobby black Labrador guide dog!