Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Blind Man and His Dog...

I'm not sure what made me remember this today...

About 30 years ago I had just boarded a plane from Chicago to Amarillo.  I settled into my aisle seat when I noticed a blind man with his seeing eye dog making their way down the aisle. The stewardess (that's what they were called then) directed him to  the two seats right across the aisle from where I was sitting. 

The guy got to his seats, directed the dog to hop up and sit in the aisle seat. The dog did that, but as the man reached up to put his jacket into the overhead bins - the dog moved over to the window seat, sat down and pressed it's nose against the window.

After stowing his jacket, the guy felt around for the dog in their seats, found it sitting in the window seat and ordered it back over into the aisle seat. Then the moment he took his hands off the dog in order to move over to his window seat, the dog moved back over into the window seat behind him where the man started to sit down on top of it. 

The dog yelped and he stood up quickly.  Then he moved the dog back into the aisle seat, and turned to sit down again, just as the dog moved back over into window seat, and got sat on a second time. 

The guy moved the dog back over to the aisle seat again, then held it in the aisle seat while he sat down in the window seat. The dog immediately tried to climb into his lap. He pushed it away and directed it to "stay".  The dog sat there, leaning closer to him, trying to look out the window, and then started a very low plaintive whining. 

At this point I started laughing - out loud, I just could not help myself. The guy turned my direction and asked what was so funny? I told him "I'm just watching a blind man and his dog fighting over the window seat in an airplane." He looked stunned for a moment, then laughed, changed seats with the dog and the two of us visited together all the way to Amarillo. 

Funny part was, it was evening and we flew over heavy cloud cover the whole way.  So there was nothing outside that window for the dog to watch, but it sat there in that window seat with its nose pressed against the window the entire flight.

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