Tears filled my eyes when I heard this story
“My mother and the rest of my family tried as much as possible to keep it from me, but I knew there was something different. We could be having dinner and my brother would just chuckle, I was only 5 but I knew there was something he chuckled about that I didn’t know of.
And whenever I asked he’d just say a funny story and claim he just remembered. They were all seeing something I wasn’t. Prior to these events, I always thought everyone saw what I saw, gray and white. But in no time I realized I was blind. I don’t feel as bad because I have never seen anything other than gray or white, I guess you can’t miss what you have never known. What breaks my heart is how my mother feels, she’s strong , but there are times she wishes things were different, she blames herself sometimes , she thinks there are things she didn’t do right that led to my blindness. Never has she told me that but I have a sixth sense that is stronger that the five put together. I have great friends, my favorite is Celine, she’s slim and tall with a great voice, and she leads me everywhere. There are times she’d wear a blindfold and we would take a walk, we would stumble on things and even hurt ourselves sometimes, but it makes me laugh a lot. I am happy; I see no reason why I should be sad. I have things going well for me; School and all. I wish my family could be too.”
This is the story of an eight year old girl, who was born blind. The joy she radiates is unspeakable. Full of Life and positive energy, she never sees blindness as a condition. She was born that way.
Lots of other babies are born blind, a situation that the mother finds hard to accept. She might begin to throw negative energy around, especially after failed attempts to get her baby’s sight back. But there are things you must know, your baby is beautiful, and like Uchechi, wishes above all things that you be happy. You go ahead, make those beautiful plans like you would if she had her sight .And never make him/her feel like she is any different from others.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo