Josh Sundquist

Love and First Sight

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    pulling my iPhone out of my pocket
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    to the front door we shall go.”
    He guides me there.
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    His excitement drops. “Oh
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    wrong. I always thought I could do life by myself, that I wanted to live independently. But you taught me that if there’s no one to share your experiences with—if there’s no one to look at the painting with, no one to audition with, no one to go to homecoming with—then what
    zraddinahas quoted3 years ago
    Yeah, independence and self-reliance sound nice in theory, but in reality they are just synonyms for loneliness. And before I met Cecily, I was so tired, without even realizing it, so tired of being lonely.
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    Because that’s all it is, right? Society or the media or whoever says people should look a certain way, and the more you deviate
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    If you put all your flaws on display right up front, no one will ever like you.”
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    For all the attention race gets, for all the wars that have been fought over it, all the atrocities committed and hatred based on differences in skin tone over the centuries of human history, I would honestly have expected something… more. The contrast is obvious, yes, but the difference is marginal. The shape of his face is essentially the same as the others I’ve seen. Basic features—mouth, eyes, ears, nose. All there. What’s the fuss about?
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    I can immediately see the difference in pigmentation between Whitford’s face and Nick’s. Whitford’s is obviously darker. And yet, not “black” as I’ve learned the color to be.
    zraddinahas quoted3 years ago
    Next is Whitford. From Nick’s description, I know he’s black.
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    The colors work together; they don’t compete. It’s not like the cafeteria. You know how it is at
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    I knew this wouldn’t work. I knew I shouldn’t be auditioning for a position where my performance is entirely reliant on other people to hold their own. Lean on others long enough, and eventually you’ll fall. And in these auditions, I’m falling hard, crashing and burning in front of the whole entire school
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    The brain rewires itself to solve the problems it is given. This is called neuroplasticity. In a blind person, who does not need the visual cortex for processing eyesight, the visual cortex will instead be used to process taste or touch.”
    “Is that reversible?” I ask. “Would I be able
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    “Eyesight is in the eyes. Vision is more. It is in the mind. The heart. The soul. But I digress. Let me ask you. Why do you want eyesight?”
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    Riding on a tandem bike mostly makes me feel like a prisoner. The rider in the back has no brakes, no steering, no choice.
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