What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

You know Frank? He's legally blind.

My wife and I moved to our new house over the summer. It's perfect, just what we wanted, good location, good neighbors, good schools, all that stuff. We had been living apart for 18 months because of a job relocation and actually living together full time was like the proverbial first time all over again. Anyway, as the first week or so went by in our new house, we introduced ourselves to all the new neighbors and vice versa. Everyone was so friendly. Each neighbor, or couple, as we talked to them, pointed out the other houses and said, so and so lives there, they're really nice, they have so many kids, they have a dog, they don't, and so on and so on for all the houses in our area. Without fail, though, every person we met made sure to mention one neighbor in particular: Frank. They'd say, 'see that white brick ranch on the corner, Frank lives there. He's really nice, he knows everybody. He'll walk around the neighborhood and he'll talk with you.' The one thing that everyone mentioned when talking about Frank was the fact that he was legally blind. Without fail, no matter if it fit in in the context of what they were saying, every neighbor would say, 'and you know, Frank's legally blind.' My wife and I were a little taken aback by that, and found it curious that the one thing in common with every interaction was the mention of Frank's blindness. Then I met Frank, and besides his diatribe about not being able to put up fences in our neighborhood unless you 'have a pool or one of those artistic kids,' the other notable item Frank talked up was the fact that he was, indeed, legally blind. I said, oh, you seem to get around okay in spite of that. And I left it alone. Then, one beautiful June day, it all came togther for me as I saw Frank cruising the neighborhood in his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette. Legally blind and all.


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