So...today is National Braille Day! Sure we all learn our 5 senses in school, but the kids and I took sight one step further today. Last night I created the Braille alphabet with glue. After it dried...it felt just like braille!! After the kids were blindfolded, they took turns helping each other spell out words. Their reaction was amazing. The term "to give up" was something that they really wanted to do. They could not begin to grasp the thought of learning to spell using the sense of touch.
After we learned what Braille was all about we had some fun with markers! With each of us blindfolded, we took turns dotting a spot on our arms with a marker. After one spotted another, the person blindfolded had to point to the spot where they were touched. They, once again, were blown away how they could not match the exact spot without looking. They really relied and zoned in on the feeling of touch.
With the activities the kids and I did as if we were blind, they came up with some amazing questions and thoughts. One said..."I cannot imagine not knowing what I look like." The other one said, "I would never have a girl friend." But, then....(on the topic of a girl friend) led us to a different question. Maybe sight is not everything. "It's about what is on the inside mom!"
On a run that I took today, I could not help but think about sight. I could have very easily been hit by a car. I could have tripped on a hole in the ground. I could not enjoy something that I love...to run.
As I sit here now, I think about all of the people that I see each day. When I see someone do I really "see" them? Especially ones that I really love and care about. When my kids come home from school I can immediately tell whether or not they have had a good day or a bad day just be seeing their faces. My husband knows when I am not my 100% because he "sees" me.
Doing this activity with my kids today I was able to see their smiles. I was able to see their amazement. I was able to see the joy that they got when "mommy" sat down and took the time to do something with just them.
I challenge myself to "see" people. Also...when people "see" me...I need to keep in mind about what they are thinking. Sight is an amazing thing.
I then began to think about the phrase "seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing." Maybe those who are blind have a bigger belief in things that we cannot even grasp. They cannot see the beach, they cannot see a sunset, they cannot even see their family's faces. Their belief and trust in others and things is something I cannot even grasp. Even though they have a disability that I would never want, they probably also have a faith and outlook on life that is unbelievable. They feel. They believe.
My Repurpose for Today : to close my eyes and believe in myself as if I believing is seeing.