A Curious Dinning Experience …
by Camelia Cebanciuc
Dining at this restaurant seems like a huge challenge. As I enter through the door, a deep silence surrounds me. Suddenly, the fear of going blind takes over my mind. I don’t know where I should sit or how I am supposed to do that while I am being blindfolded.
Soon I realize that the floor is covered with cushions and that there are no tables in the room. I am sitting in a corner, waiting for someone to approach me. I feel anxious and aloof. The waiter told me about the dishes they have on the menu. I chose to drink orange juice and to eat soup.
I can tell that they are frying onions in the kitchen, because the smell rapidly circles the whole area. I can hear the sound of the rain outside. I start to listen to it and unconsciously I feel more relaxed and chuffed.
My food is here! It is somewhat a pleasure to eat it this way. I get to appreciate every single detail, because I am blind-folded. The smell of chicken, mushrooms with a variety of vegetables and rosemary is reminding me of home. I wonder how the soup would taste if I could see it. I take a sip of my orange juice and hold my breath. Now, I can feel the sugar even stronger. That being said, I find myself fooled and robbed. Those people literally mixed water with a lot of sugar and just a little bit of orange juice. Disgusting.
After meditating for a while, I realize that the spoon in my hand feels so big and cold. I start to touch the plates and the glass with juice. The shapes seem strange, although I can imagine how they look. I discovered a new world that scares me and entertains me at the same time.
After spending an hour and a half, I asked for my bill. The thing that impressed me was that the bill came in forms of toys that represented numbers. I touched them and I was able to distinguish the numbers: 4 and 5.
I left in a hurry. As soon as I escaped, I took off the scarf that covered my eyes. My heart filled with joy and gratefulness that I could see. I decided to take a long walk in the park and analyze every single thing. This is what made me appreciate the abilities that I have.
*Image Source: https://theconversation.com/pollinators-switch-street-lights-off-at-midnight-to-help-moths-and-nocturnal-wildlife-110114