Eyes and Independence
On Saturday morning I leapt out of bed, collected my gold coins and a few silver in readiness for my adventure down the road to a couple of GARAGE SALES that had been advertised along the road during the week. (I’ve always believed that those who have signs prior to the day in nearby streets, have a mission to sell, sell, sell. They are organised and generally, it will be ‘a good garage sale’ that might be worthy of a story!)
Having an over-abundance of ‘stuff’ already, my idea for coins only, is to ensure that I don’t really come home with unnecessary items that we don’t need. I know how easy that can happen, having been a ‘garage saler’ for many years now!
Garage sales have been quite tempting for me too, when I see things that I know my friend would love, my husband might like to read, or my son may want it for his box of tricks. Currently, the main reason I go along is for the likelihood of finding something that may come in handy for work purposes, good for storage or something for someone I am working with who would benefit from the item.
Today on the seller’s table were “all sorts” from cups and crockery to pizza ovens, ornaments and sunlounges, dvds, videos, and clothes of all shapes and sizes. There were lots of plastic containers and a basket of kitchen utensils that I always like to take a peek in, as you never know what you might find? Interestingly, the 20c basket came through with the goods and there it was, in a dark orange colored plastic, shining from minimal use – a tablespoon & teaspoon measurer all in one with the measurements marked at each end. My Mum had one of these a long time ago and she has claimed on several occasions how much she misses it when she cooks. The one she loved was white but as her benches are white now and she requires a lot more contrast and color due to her vision challenges, an orange one should do the trick! My plan is to wrap it in something soft and post it off to her in Melbourne.
After quietly purchasing my Mum’s reincarnated spoon, I came across a mystery box with a clear lid but covered by the title LONDON and some shape outlines. I opened the box where hidden underneath the paper were miniature wooden 3D shaped icons of London, including Big Ben, ‘the gherkin’, the London Eye Wheel, double decker buses and proportionate wooden taxi cars. The set was $2 and that too, I picked up quietly but held onto it tightly, as I perused more potential resources. I have included some pictures of my purchases and you may be wondering what I will be doing with my London set apart from finding a place for it to be stored.
In maths, a blind child learns about shape by exploring with their hands the 3D cube, sphere, locating other similar forms in the classroom including boxes representing big cubes. The shapes are often described and connected with the ‘real thing’ and iconic landmarks all over the world have been a referral point when the shape is unusual or extremely tall. This London set of miniature icons can be used with the child/adult who wants to know more about these buildings before they visit, and/or can contribute to a discussion in an art class when discussing perspective. This $2 set of icons can provide the ‘preview’ of landmarks that are not always easy to grasp without more direct experience.
Kerri Weaver is a passionate and caring service provider. She loves sharing her knowledge and skills to supporting those with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Kerri has worked in the field of disability for over 30 years. Her experience includes working in Tonga with a specialist team on multiple occasions.
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