Last April I wrote this post - Blessings of the Five Senses about the things I treasure involving each sense. So when it comes to the point of deciding which one I would be willing to relinquish if required to choose one, that's difficult. So much of how we perceive and interact with life depends on our ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.
After giving it some thought, I've decided the sense I could most easily live without would be the sense of smell. Actually, this could serve me well. I would never have to wrinkle up my nose when interacting with someone who hasn't bathed recently, and it would greatly help my allergic reaction to being around folks who have bathed in perfume! I would miss the smell of flowers, and rainstorms, and fudge cooking on the stove, but I could still negotiate life without great difficulty.
I had considered opting to give up my sense of taste, realizing that would be of great value in lessening my food cravings, but it certainly would take all the fun out of eating! Interestingly enough, my maternal grandmother lost her sense of smell completely after a childhood illness, and I am told that it did affect her abilility to taste, as the two really work in combination when it comes to how we respond to foods.
I already have diminished hearing in both ears and am painfully aware of how this affects my ability to be alert to my surroundings and intereact with others. When I am not wearing my high-dollar hearing aids, voices on the phone are often muffled, I cannot hear birds, someone knocking at the door, or my cats calling for me, and it is difficult to take part in conversation. I know that to have no hearing at all would be tremendously isolating.
As I wrote about in my Blessings post, I would hate to think about giving up any of these wonderful gifts we were born with, and most especially the gifts of sight and touch which allow me to sit here at the keyboard and interact with each of you! Today I am thankful for how wonderfully we are made!