Monday, July 18, 2011

Talk about hindsight

As a publicist for a publishing company, my job entails a bit of everything. One role I play is liason between an author and an entity requesting something from the author, whether it's an interview, an article or a book. One of the authors I work with is Kris Belcher. LDS Living Magazine asked if Kris would write an article for them on the topic of finding humor in life, despite hard times. Kris was the perfect one for the job. The first time I read her article I about wet my pants I was laughing so hard.

Read the first part: (Note: Kris Belcher is blind.)

After an hour, we finally arrived at our family reunion in a canyon near Salt Lake City, and I had one thing on my mind. I had to find the restroom.

Before we joined my husband’s family members around the campfire, we detoured into the cabin. I opened the bathroom door, then closed and locked it. I leaned my cane in the corner and got all ready to sit on the toilet. You know how you do. However, as I was sitting down, I reached out my hand to find the toilet and felt instead . . . a head of hair! Needless to say, I yanked up my pants extremely quickly.

Noting the altitude of the head, I deduced that it was a young head, which was probably a bit disturbed by what had flashed before its eyes. Talk about hindsight.

Trying to reassure my new friend, I inquired, “Was that scary?”

“Uh-huh.”

It spoke! The head could speak! Why it hadn’t found its voice earlier, I’m not sure, but I was glad to hear it nonetheless. After apologizing, I left my bathroom buddy and walked out to the group—shaking my head in disbelief. When they saw me approach, the family asked me what was wrong.

"I’ll pay for therapy,” I said. “Some little girl in the bathroom is going to need it.”

Since I lost my vision in 2003, there have been scores of situations that could have driven me underneath my bed in complete humiliation; however, I have chosen to remain upright and to simply laugh. Of course, not all my experiences have been funny. In fact, when I was diagnosed with cancer and was told that my only functioning eye would have to be removed, I never thought I would laugh again.

Read the rest here.

6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! haha! I feel bad for both parties. haha!

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  2. That'd be a fun therapy session to listen in to :)

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  3. Amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I just read the rest of that article and laughed SO hard! The eyeball story is priceless, lol

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  5. That's hilarious! hee, hee....i wonder if the kid is still traumatized.

    That's so cool that you are a publicist. I worked in publicity for HC in London, UK many years ago. It was the best job I ever had! xoxo

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  6. I just posted about something similar ! LOL Toilets SUCK! GROSS!

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