The cane or the “hitting stick”?

What is a cane? When people in public see me using my cane they often times see it as a “large stick”. Consequently I receive a bundle of questions asking about my “large stick”. Who is it for? Thought that one was pretty obvious. Why do you use it? A genuine question. I use it to help me find obstacles in my path. Can I use it? No. It distracts me from getting where I need to go and frankly it is pretty expensive! When do you use it? All the time. With my peripheral vision being nonexistent, I am a 100% cane user.

Many think that the cane is optional. It is, for some. But for me, it’s basically a part of my everyday life. I like to think of it as a best friend instead of a long stick. To tell you the truth, I enjoy when people ask about it. This means that they aren’t whispering behind my back to their parents who usually don’t know the answers. Obviously I don’t want people to take questions in a negative way! I thoroughly enjoy the kind hearted and well thought out questions instead of the “who’s stick is that?” But, sometimes it’s understandable why people would be confused and that’s all they can muster. Sometimes when I frustrated with all the questions, I think about how I would act if I were the other person. I would probably have 100 questions too.

So, just like sleep, food and shelter, the cane is part of my everyday life. It is something I love to use and something that helps me gain more independence. Whenever you see someone with a cane, take a minute and observe the movements they’re making and how you get around. Ask any questions, nicely! All blind people love talking about their canes!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment them below and I would be more than happy to answer them!!

7 thoughts on “The cane or the “hitting stick”?

  1. Woah. You continue to amaze me, Zoe! I can’t wait to read more about your life and how you navigate it. I know you’ve been through so much, and sharing your knowledge with the world is such a great idea. Everyone is going to enjoy and benefit from learning about your experiences, and your sense of humor will definitely make these posts far from dull!

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  2. Your cane is a part of you, so why not use it as both a cane and a “hitting stick”? Self-defense is always important. But I’m excited to read about your journey, and this blog is a great way of sharing your journey through life, even if you need a cane to guide you.

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  3. I think it is so important for others to know that for you and many other visually impaired people, your cane is your independence!

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