Michael Martone’s tree story. . .

Sorry I can’t be quite as animated as your new friend. . . . .

A person is born blind and throughout their childhood learns to love the experience of trees — the smell, the taste, the feel, the sounds associated with a tree.

Miracle surgery comes along and restores the person’s site at age 20; you’re there, you see the bandages removed, you walk them to the window, and point out a tree, and say, “there, there it is, the thing you love, a tree.”

And they say?


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8 Responses to Michael Martone’s tree story. . .

  1. I think they would be disappointed because often times our dreams and imagination are better than reality.

  2. dakarothinks says:

    I agree with Christine because even if someone described a tree in perfect detail a persons mind would picture something slightly different than the person next to them. I think that is why some scary movies are even scarier when you never get to see the monster or killer because each person watching makes up what they think the creature looks like and they are even more scarred because they add their fears to it.

  3. kaylaann393 says:

    I think that the person would recognize the tree and be able to to then identify all the parts of the tree they remember touching and hearing. Yes, they would probably have had a different mental image of what the tree looked like before they saw it, but I don’t necessarily think that they’d be disappointed. After hearing Mr. Martone, I think maybe we just see a treee as disappointing becasue we”re so used to what trees look like but to someone who’s never seen one. It’d be much more new and exciting.

  4. srlewis3 says:

    “This is the hideous thing I’ve been obsessing over my entire life? It is definently not how I imagined it.”

  5. mdetter says:

    I think they would probably be turned off at first, refusing to believe that the actual tree is his favorite thing. He needs to experience and see the tree right in front of them, in the great outdoors. Inside the building his only sense used is sight. But if he stepped outside, he’ll not only be able to smell, taste, feel, and smell his same favorite thing. But he’ll also have the sight. And will enjoy the tree even more.

  6. ellie0218 says:

    I definitely think that they would be able to tell that it is actually a tree due to the texture and structure of it, but i also think they might be surprised by what it looks like. They may not have imagined a brown truck and limbs with green leaves as most would suspect, but it could be more fascinating then they had thought, or maybe it was not nearly as complex as they had imagined.

  7. I have to agree with Christine on this…in your mind’s eye every thing can be made into a vision of grandeur. In my imagination, I would constantly dream of climbing to the very top of a tree and just hanging out. In real life, however, you would end up seriously disappointed. Imagine the window that your looking out is in Gorgas, and you regain your vision. Your first thought would be, “Good lord!!! The first dang branch is like 25 feet off of the ground!!!”. DREAM CRUSHED.

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