So I sat down with Nim to chat a little about why he wants to "go blind" for a day. Spoiler/disappoinment alert: "To achieve the proper reaction to your beauty" was not one of his answers.
But while he didn't provide the correct answer, he did give some interesting ones.
He wants to experience how the lack of one sense affects the sensitivity of the remaining senses.
Now this is a rather common idea that people know and share - say, the guy who can't see but has supersonic hearing. But Nim went on to further express his interest and curiosity in the senses that go beyond the five traditional ones.
That...never occured to me before. There are senses beyond the five we were taught as kids. Now sometimes I'm late to the party when it comes to the obvious stuff - I did only try a pear for the first time not four years ago. But seriously, did you guys all know this and hold out on me for 27 years???? NOT COOL.
I was a little too sober to take that all in at once, but I did my best to follow the conversation nonetheless. The sense that took the mainstage of Nim's area of study is proprioception, which is more or less the sense of placement - knowing where your right foot is without necessarily looking at it. You can click on the link for more information...that site seems to put it rather succinctly.
I'm kinda curious to find out if there's a sense that will allow him to detect when there's Braille within arm's reach. I can't be the only person who sees a restroom sign or something in Braille, and wonders how the blind know it's there.
He wants to observe and experience the importance that a routine has to the everyday life of a blind person.
He makes a good point. If you think that humans in general thrive better on a routine, imagine how much more important it must be for someone who can't see to have a pretty good understanding of when and where things are. Obviously not to say blind people aren't allowed to do anything different, ever. But if you can't remember which of your typical 50 spots you placed your car keys, then you're probably NOT going to do anything different, ever (probably whether you're blind or not, really).
Not even trying to be a smartass here, but this concept really DOES go hand-in-hand a bit with that joke about punishing Helen Keller by rearranging the furniture.
So now, in addition to experiencing a musical concert, some other ideas Nim's throwing into the agenda are "martial arts, wrestling, walking around in the park or a flower garden, navigating NYC," to start. Obviously, and especially if it involves flowers, we'll be waiting until the polar vorteces are done before we embark on this, so we've got a little time yet to plan.
Will I throw in another story in before this one concludes? Possibly, because I like multiple plots. But regardless, you'll be hearing from me at some point before North America thaws.
Oh hell let's face it, we all know that last statement is only a maybe. I'll attempt.