In this edition of "Not Necessarily The News," Tootie Landry decides to spend a morning walking in the shoes of a blind person.

"Hey! I’m Tootie Landry and this is what I found out today! The fall foliage in the northeast, the sun is setting over the Fjords in Norway, and the multitude of stars in the sky in South Africa are all images set in my mind that I will never forget. What a great gift sight is!

So, I was curious how people who are blind go about a daily life? Surveys have proven that the one disability people find the scariest is being blind. Another interesting fact I learned was that next to Switzerland, Louisiana has the highest population of deaf and blind people.

So last week I spent a morning with Chyvonne Blanchard of Affiliated Blind of Louisiana. What an eye opening experience! You may think they have a sad, dark existence, but these folks were some of the happiest people I now know! I was inspired by their courage and adventure of living a normal life. Folks, there were blind people helping blind people and they even helped me!

I got blindfolded, grabbed a cane, and attempted to walk down a straight hall. I was off balanced and pathetic and that was after I had seen the path I was going to walk down!

And finally, as I see it, the life experiences happening on West St. Mary Blvd.  are nothing short of a miracle! And I’m Tootie Landry and this is “Not Necessarily the News!”

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