Long Time, No See

That’s something people round here say often. Its a sentence i use often too, even though I’ve actuallly never seen anybody before in my life. Its also the title of
Beth Finke’s memoir.
I’ve been reading and enjoying Beth’s blog for the last few years, so naturally i was delighted to finally be able to read the book in braille when it was published and sent to me by the
RNIB library.
Beth’s book gives us an insight into what its like to live with juvenile diabetes, fall in love and get married, lose your sight and raise a child with a significant learning disability, not to mention train with a guide dog when you really don’t like dogs!

Beth’s great sense of humour, pure honesty and gift for storytelling makes this book a pleasure to read. I’ve heard her speak on NPR a couple of times, so I can almost hear her narrating her own story as I read my braille copy.

I think the main reason why I could relate so much to Beth’s story is not because she is blind, but because of her positive attitude to life. She recognises that not everything is straightforward and simple. Things are sometimes difficult but that doesn’t mean you have to sit down and feel sorry for yourself. I could relate to her determination to be independent, find a job, look good and to not be what some people would consider a stereotypical blind person. Her husband Mike seems to share the same obtimistic attitude, making them perfect role models and supportive parents for their son Gus. The words “fight the good fight” will stick with me for a long time.

‘Long Time No See’ is an excellent book for teachers, parents, people in the medical or caring professions, and anybody who is curious to know what its like to lose your sight and still lead a normal life. Sometimes as blind people, we might think we know all this already, but I can guarantee you that Beth’s story will teach you something new, and you’ll be glad you took the time to read it.

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6 thoughts on “Long Time, No See

  1. Jennifer, you are going to start really making me read more Braille but that isn't a bad thing. You have chatted to me about this book before I read this post so I am already interested in reading it. Beth, I look forward to reading your blog and your book also.

  2. I have read a few of Beth's blog posts and enjoyed them but was unaware of the backstory on how she lost her sight and the challenges raising her son. This sounds like an inspiring memoir that I would enjoy reading. I hope it is available on bookshare.org. If not, I will send a request for it to the wishlist.

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