What do you think it is like out there? Do you think it is as bad as they say?
Maybe, but let us not go out just yet Munch to find out if what they say is true. Shall we just stick to the local walks and run in the local field so that we can enjoy the fresh air where there are no strict rules that we may not obey even when we try.
What do you mean? I am a fully trained guide dog that obeys commands all the rime. Well, sometimes. Well I can when I want and always do when I am on duty.
I know that sweetheart and when on harness you are always so good and listen well and always keep me safe. It is not you I promise, it is just we now must do things differently and you have not been trained for that.
What things have I not been trained for? I have been trained to help you find things like doors and the food in the shop that we always go to. I help you find the counter and the steps and everything else we need to look out for to keep you safe when we are out.
You are awesome at all those things, but now certain things have changed. You always help me find the doors which you are fab at but now people apparently must queue 2 metres apart and if we approach the door from the opposite direction of the queue Munch you may not realise that they are waiting to get into the shop and we may jump the queue. I have heard of quite a few people with sight loss getting shouted at for their guide dogs leading them straight to the door so I really don’t want that to happen.
Why would any sighted person shout at someone with a guide dog as surely common sense would mean that we are there to help you because you can’t see the queues or what 2 metres apart mean if you can’t see 2 meters.
I know Munch, you would think so wouldn’t you. The majority of the sighted community are absolutely amazing and are always helpful but there are some who really don’t get what sight loss is and it is not really their fault as it must be hard for them to imagine what it is like. They do not mean to be mean. These select few will also have a total melt down seeing me touching products as I have to remember in my mind where everything is in the shop and pick them up to feel if they are the right ones and hold the item close to my face to attempt to see if it is the right thing. If I did this now in the shops, I swear me and the products will be power washed down with extra strength disinfected whilst shoppers run screaming in panic in all different directions away from us. Let us not do that shall we Munch.
Do you think I could go for a run with them? I love playing chase.
Maybe not Munch. Anyway, I would need you to help me find the checkout to pay for the shopping. I have heard they have plastic screens up now in some places so I obviously wouldn’t be able to see them so the shopping trip may resemble me acting like a Mime artist trying to feel my way around the screen to where we are meant to put our shopping and pay.
That would be funny to watch though my little maid. Wouldn’t someone help you though?
I would hope so but maybe they would not realize that you were with me if you were below counter level and they were sitting way back from the screen. I really do not know what sighted people can see Munch. It is a mystery to me. Another thing is I know this sounds like a stupid question but do people wearing masks sound muffled when talking especially when they wear the Darth Vader like masks? I rely on hearing people not seeing them.
Wait. Hang on they wear masks? Like vets? Oh no, please do not say they wear gloves as well like vets do they?
Well Munch some do wear both. Some wear fabric masks apparently whereas others wear more industrial ones and some wear gloves although there are scientific studies showing that both of these may be more damaging than good but everyone has a right to choose to do what makes them feel safe and we have to respect that.
Wow. Wait. If these people keep their gloves on throughout the shopping trip, don’t they just spread what they have just touched that could have something on the surface? Do you know when the vet rakes my temperature in that ‘delicate’ place of mine and makes me walk funny afterwards, he rakes off his gloves straight away. I cannot imagine him wanting to touch his lunch afterwards. Yeah maybe we could stay away from the shops. I really don’t like gloved hands as it reminds me of the vet.
That is an excellent idea Munch. Shall we just keep doing our own little thing in our own little way as it sounds more normal than what is out there now.
Yes, sounds good to me. Can we just run, play, and swim in the river with all this free time we have? I can keep napping when you work from home and we can keep our self in the world of normality.
That is fine but you do know we will have to go back to work in schools but probably will not be until September now in Wales.
That is fine with me. I am missing hoovering up the dropped bacon rolls form the playground and masses of fuss I always get. Will anything have changed in schools?
Unfortunately, yes, a lot will change in schools but let us look at that another time. You will still have dropped food to clear up so that will be one consistency that will always be the same. Until then, just keep looking out of the window, do not stress that every gloved person is a vet and let me know when you fancy going out to connect with nature as that is the best medicine ever. We still have freedom in how we see things so let us enjoy it in our own unique way.