Various trivia about eyes and vision

    It was a week ago on Tuesday that the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria received an award at a ceremony in that hospital for having more eye donors than any other hospital in the state. Jess Chelette, our daughter Ann’s husband, has recently had his second cornea transplant thanks to the gift from two donors. He was asked to talk at that ceremony. His subject was telling about the great improvement it has been for his sight.
    It was back during the Christmas holidays when the eighth-grade girls came over from the school next door to sing Christmas carols. We positioned our wheelchairs on the second-floor balcony where we had a good vision of the group below and could hear very well. Linda, a very quiet new lady who had recently moved into the retirement home, was also sitting on the balcony and she caught our attention right away. Linda had her hands going full speed as she was signing every song the girls sang. When I had the opportunity, I asked her how come she knew the sign language. She told me that she started teaching at a school for the blind and deaf in Tucson, Ariz. “They couldn’t find a qualified teacher and I couldn’t find a job.” She said that she knew absolutely nothing about the sign language and the students in her fourth grade class taught her. It changed her life as she learned quickly and enjoyed working with the handicapped students and eventually she was a teacher at the Jacksonville school for the deaf.

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