Picture It And Write: Blind Jimmy

by joetwo

Hi there! This is my offering for this week’s picture it and write from Ermilia’s blog here. Once again, the picture is not mine, I only use it for inspiration. Anyway; enjoy.

Blind Jimmy

Blind Jimmy wasn’t really blind, more short sighted with a profound sense of machismo which meant that he never deigned to admit that he was. To compensate for his reduced visual acuity, he developed his imagination to such an extent that he could fill in the blanks that his eyes missed. Surprisingly, this worked remarkably well and Jimmy was able to function most of the time. However; occasionally things would not go as well as he hoped and he could be caught out.

Early one spring, in a moment of madness, we decided to head up to the high moor and do some nature watching. Jimmy in full denial bought himself a camera worth more than some of us made in a month and announced that if anyone was planning on making a competition for the best wildlife photograph then they’d better quit there and then because he was going to win.

We all gathered at a favoured pub not far from the moor that morning and spread ourselves out over the desolate but beautiful terrain. It was quite cold with a fine mist in the air but we still enjoyed ourselves. There is something invigorating about a brisk morning.

After about three hours of wandering we gathered back in the pub for a mainly liquid lunch and to compare notes. We had all seen some animals most of which we had caught faint glimpses on our phones to show others. There were insects, birds and what one person swore was a fox. But Jimmy, in all his finest showmanship saved the best till last.

“I saw a stag” He claimed “It had the biggest ever set of antlers I have ever seen.” He then brought up the image on his camera and showed it to us. And there it was, a deer with a tree right behind it. We all looked at it this way and that, humming and haaaing and in the end said nothing. We just didn’t have the heart.

Blind Jimmy went away happy that day, convinced the he had a picture of a spectacular stag. While in reality he had a picture of a very fetching looking Doe in front of a tree. I don’t know if he showed it to too many people or what their responses were. We never heard anything whatever happened.

That was the thing about Jimmy. He never was one to be told off. If it was a stag he saw well then reality had better change because he sure as hell was not going to. I think that was our reasoning, the path of least resistance. Just easier that way.

I mean, what would you have done?