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This morning we’ve a new contributor to the ‘Tell Your Tale In campbellsworld series’
Jo E. Pinto author of ‘The Bright Side of Darkness’ has revised one of what I think is one of her very best tales.
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Please do keep reading once the tale is through to learn about Jo and her work, and to find out how you can be part of the ‘Tell Your Tale In campbellsworld series’
And now, here’s Jo and her terrific tale.
By J. E. Pinto
“Mommy, what’s a street walker?”
The question took me by surprise. I paused at the corner a block away from the school, ready to cross the street, with my guide dog’s harness in one hand and my second grader holding tightly to the other. The wind sent the dry autumn leaves scuttling around our feet.
“Well …” I thought fast. “A street walker is someone who …. Someone who goes around looking for trouble. Where did you hear that word? Anlyn, forward.”
My daughter trotted to keep up as we crossed the busy street. “A mean boy in my class called me a street walker because I have to walk places with you and Anlyn all the time instead of riding in a car. Everybody laughed at me. I wish you could drive like other moms.”
I bit back a chuckle, but the guilt was right on its heels, followed closely by doubts and misgivings. How would having a blind mom affect a child socially? All blind parents worry about it. All blind parents dread the day their child comes home with it for the first time—the teasing, the discomfort. But street walker? Seriously? Still, at least neither kid had known what the word meant. I mentally pushed my worries aside and dragged myself back to the moment at hand.
“Hmmm.” I said aloud as we turned left toward home. “If I drove like other moms, what would we miss?”
My little girl wasn’t sure at first, but before we made it to our house, we stopped to blow the seeds off some big white dandelions for good luck. We paused to sniff some pretty pink flowers growing by the sidewalk. My kid picked up three white rocks, a handful of acorns, and a perfectly round pine cone for me to tuck into my jacket pocket.
“We’d miss our nature adventures,” she decided.
“Exactly,” I agreed. “Besides, you know your way around this half of the city better than any of your friends. They get in their parents’ cars and don’t pay attention to where they go. You’re my little navigator, aren’t you? Now, I’m going to call your teacher.”
“Mom, don’t! I’m not a tattletale!”
“Don’t worry. I was a kid once, too—a long time ago. I won’t ruin your reputation.”
Two mornings later, I went with my daughter to school. While the kids sat on the sharing rug, my guide dog lay sedately on the floor in front of them. For fifteen minutes or so, I told the class about service dogs and how they work for blind people—helping them navigate traffic, guiding them in and out of stores and restaurants, etc, and how they’re allowed to go anywhere the public can go.
“Wow, you’re lucky!” one classmate breathed as the kids took turns petting Anlyn’s soft tan coat. “You get to take your dog everywhere!”
“So tell us,” the teacher asked my daughter, in a question I’d rehearsed a bit with her, “what’s it like to have a blind mom?”
“Well,” my little girl said, in an unrehearsed answer, “she’s like a regular mom, except Daddy won’t let her drive his car.”
A version of this piece first appeared on Holly Bonner’s Blind-Motherhood blog:
MORE ABOUT JO AND HER WORK…
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit
TELL YOUR TALE IN CAMPBELLSWORLD
Do you have a tale waiting to be told?
Is it just waiting to come out to be enjoyed by the entire world? If so keep reading to find out what to do.
If you’ve got a tale just waiting to be told to the whole world, or if you’ve written a post on your blog that you’d like to share there are two ways for you to share it here with us in campbellsworld.
You may, send me your tale 500-2000 words in the form of an attached word document edited and ready to go along with your bio. If you would like to include a photo you will need to send it in a JPG file attached and the attached photo needs to be titled so that I know what it is. Submissions may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, you may post a link to a post from your blog into the comment section of this post. (All blogs are welcome no matter where they’re from.)
Either way we here at campbellsworld wish to enjoy your work.
This invitation is open to everyone whether you’re a Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing family member or not and it will remain open until February 14, 2019.
All submissions whether sent directly to me or posted as links from your blog must be reasonably family friendly. So, get those fingers typing or posting those links.
Thanks for participating, be sure to share with your writerly friends, may harmony find you, and blessid be.