Friday, April 3, 2009

So Sad for a Blind Parent

In my humble opinion, one of the saddest things that anyone could ever have to face is that of being a blind parent who is never going to be able to see the faces of their kids. I have had this very sobering conversation with so many persons over the course of my life, and I especially feel for those parents who have lost their vision after having been able to see the faces of their kids. That is, those who have lost their sight after their kids were born.

It's something like this: You receive one or more very precious gems; gems that shine like the stars, moon, and sun. You treasure their precious smiles and their images quickly become imprinted on your mind forever. One day, however, you suddenly realize that you can no longer see them. Poof! Try as you may, you are unable to see the shine and glitter of their smiles. So you start to use your memory to help you preserve the image forever.

You are devastated! You can still hear them, smell them, touch them, but sadly now you are unable to see them. What do you do? What can you do? Sadly nothing but hold on to your memories for dear life. It's not the end of the world, however. Life goes on, and my dear friend, Guido, is a perfect example.

Guido is the proud papa of a loving and adored daughter, Alex. At one point he was able to see her cherished face, but for most of her life he has not been able to do so. This has not stopped him from being a proud and involved papa. So why am I so sad for blind parents?

I guess that as Easter makes its way towards us, and I think of Christ dying for us and rising again, there are certain things that just get to me at this time of the year. Yes, it's sad for blind parents who are unable to see the faces of their precious angels but as my associate Geof told me recently: "I don't think about it. I just keep on going for if I did I would go crazy."

Time for me to do the same.

Happy Easter everyone!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your accessibility and special-needs business consultant wishing you a terrific day and reminding you to go out there and tell the rest of the world that being a blind parent is not the end of the world.

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