I arrived for braille class today, excited to tell my teacher I read Goldilocks, and also to meet her new guide dog.
When she approached me at the table, I heard her giving direction and then, “good girl”. I sat still, not reaching for the dog, not knowing if my teacher would introduce us yet, since it is such a new pairing. But before I knew it, I had a doggy snout in my hands! I said, “Oh! She’s saying hi!” and my teacher said, “Wait! Not yet. Not yet, Arquette.” Some rustling, and then, “Ok you can say hi, its ok.” And then I got to give Arquette some lovin. A small black lab, she was gorgeous! She just licked my hand and leaned into my legs.
Then my teacher said, “Ok, thats enough, we need to get to work, under, Arquette.” And all sign of the dog was gone. I forgot she was there for the whole lesson! My teacher said its going great with her so far, so I’m so happy for her. Everyone at Saavi is holding back and not giving Arquette lovin since the pairing is brand new, so I feel honored that I got introduced. My teacher got her at the OR campus for GDB.
On to braille, and we finished Grade 1!! So I’m switching days now, and pairing up with another student. Due to budget constraints, they can no longer do one-on-one braille. People under 55 who are not in the Vocational program, like me, because there’s a freeze on the vocational program, must now be paired up with older people. This was Saavi’s way of being creative, otherwise the government would have it that those of us under 55 who are not in a vocational rehab program would be S.O.L. The state vocational program has a freeze though. Ugh. Thats another post.
At least Saavi found a loophole. So, I’ll be working with an older gentleman who originally thought he only wanted grade 1 braille, and soon realized he needed it all. So I’ll be helping him brush up and it’ll be a good review for me before starting grade 2.
It took me 6 months to learn grade 1, so I feel like I’m on a good track.
My teacher brought me 2 pocket sized braille calendars from school, and showed me how to read them. So cool!
I’m not much in the blogging mood, as I’m towards the end of an audio book and my arms ache from my work out, but I wanted to mark the day of graduating from Grade 1 braille and meeting Arquette. 🙂