Have you ever wondered what it's like to be blind?
Picture yourself in a world of darkness, groping around, not knowing where - or what - anything is.
Last month, I got to go to the Dialogue in the Dark exhibit at the Israel Children's Museum in Holon. You're immersed in a darkness so intense you can't see even the outlines of the other people in the room.
Our blind superhero
You're lost in a hopeless, unsolvable maze. Are you near a wall, a door? Are you about to bump into something? Your only hope is to trust in the skills of your guide, an all-seeing miracle worker who can somehow navigate her way through total darkness.
Our guide was Michal. Michal is blind, but there, in the dark, she was strong. She knew her way around better than the back of her hand. She memorized our names and called them out throughout the tour to make sure we didn't get lost. She warned us about obstacles and coached us to "look" around ourselves with fingers and hands.
In the dark, Michal was strong, and we were fully dependent on her to get out of the maze alive - or at least, within the promised hour.
After the one-hour tour, we finally "met" Michal in the light. She was shorter than most of us had pictured. Smaller, too. In the dark, she'd seemed like a superhero, but there in the light, she was just a little blind woman with a cane.