“Mothers don’t need to “see” in order to love; we simply “feel” it. The depths of emotion we have for our children takes root within each of our souls. Never let another person’s words cause you to doubt this unshakable bond. Always remember, loving your child requires no “special” accommodations.”
Green Bay, WI
“I am so grateful for my beautiful children. They helped me be brave and adventurous in facing my vision loss. I remember our vacation to Jamaica. We were going to zip-line through the jungles. It sounded a little bit like a monkey going from tree to tree. Yikes. Natalie and Kendall were in high school and college. The roles were reversed and they were encouraging me on, “You can do this mom.” As we arrived for our introduction, with the group of others signed up for this adventure, the trainer began to share how we would need “eagle eye’s” as we spotted the platform to land. I thought oh good maybe I’m going to get out of this adventure. I heard a voice that sounded vaguely familiar, it was Kendall, my son asking what other options there were for landing for his mom who could not see. My first response was oh no! This was different, I didn’t need to find a way. Then, I appreciated this moment and hearing my son know there was a way to make this adventure work.. All their growing up my kids had seen us ‘find a way’ to do things and now, he knew we just needed to find a way so mom could fly through the jungle. As I added zip-lining to the adventures in life, I was grateful for another adventure with my children embracing life’s adventures.”
(Becky is the author of the memoir Look Up, Move Forward available June 2016)
“As a single mom to 3 boys many times I felt inadequate in my decision making process. Doubting myself was constant but the most rewarding gift I received from my sons is a “thank you” for how I raised them. I had to do things that were extremely difficult (like putting my oldest in a residential drug rehabilitation program and then later making him sign up for the army). The day he graduated from basic training was one of the proudest moments in my life for him. Years later when he was able to buy his second car on his own, he told me that it was because of everything I did (good and bad) that enabled him to reach the success he achieved.