If it has not come up before, my father was completely blind from a disease called retinitis pigmentosa. This meant that by the early twenties, his vision started to fail as the retina could no longer sense light. By the time I was born, he had absolutely no vision left.
My older brother and sister were subjected to something similar to The Bird box challenge. For one day, they were unable to see and had to see how difficult it actually is to be blind.
A few examples to consider:
- Open your wallet and tell the denomination of each bill
- Identify the contents of the refrigerator
- Eat a plate of spaghetti
- Use a public restroom
- Cross a busy street at a crosswalk
- Order a meal in a restaurant
- Read the newspaper (or Drudge report)
Now imagine dealing with this for the rest of your life, not just a single day.
Unfortunately, my brother’s wife has no empathy and encouraged my mother to “stop being a slave”, which ultimately pushed my parents apart. You can’t make your spouse completely dependent on you and then suddenly announce you are “on your own”.