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Chuck Hinman, IJMA No. 170: The Rest of the story

When life imposed impaired vision, Chuck Hinman took stock of what sight he had and concluded: Thank God for the vision I have. I have a suspicion it's going to be enough when I quit acting like a baby and enjoy what I have. It's pretty "dog-goned good"!
The next earlier Chuck Hinman column: Chuck Hinman: IJMA 163 - Don't Borrow Keepsakes

By Chuck Hinman

The Rest of the Story

The last time I rattled the keys on this computer I was describing what it's like to lose your central vision and all the things that went down the drain in that experience. It's pretty heavy reading.

But now for the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey used to end his radio programs....I didn't tell about the bus ride to Walmart last Monday morning. It was a beautiful spring morning and I wasn't so visually impaired that I couldn't see the colors and signs of spring. They were everywhere and awesome.

True, I only saw them with my peripheral vision. But it was inspiring enough to cause me to look toward heaven and thank God for this year's show of His handiwork for his kids. I loved it - especially the yellow forsythia! And the red azaleas took my breath!

I saw the cars in traffic as they scurried along. I saw a Crete Carrier truck and started to wave until I realized waving at a truck would make me look more senile than I really am. The other passengers on the bus wouldn't know that I grew up as a Nebraska farm boy. I know where those trucks call home -- it's Crete, Nebraska. It made me want to get off the bus and thumb a ride and go home with them!

I saw the familiar three city water storage tanks near the Adams overpass with the infamous words -- "HOT," "COLD," and "WARM" inscribed on them. A smile briefly crossed my face as I remembered the time years ago when the City of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, woke up one morning to see that pranksters had been busy over night. Bartlesville made world news and years later still lays claim as the only city in the U.S. offering your choice of waters. Makes you wonder if there had been four water tanks (instead of three) if the fourth tank would be for "ice" water. (See entry with photo in Roadside

My eye doctor spent a considerable amount of time convincing me that living with "just" peripheral vision isn't all that bad. Day by day I am finding he was absolutely correct and I apologize for ranting and raving. Life does indeed go on and the sun still shines. Thank God for the vision I have. I have a suspicion it's going to be enough when I quit acting like a baby and enjoy what I have. It's pretty "dog-goned good"!

Now what was I going to do today?

Chuck Hinman: Emailed: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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