Dedicated to the newly blind – Be Encouraged
By: Patricia Smith Jenkins, A Happy Retired Teacher
When I was young, my mom would drive me and my siblings to church very early on Easter mornings. Religiously, every Easter was a sunrise service at church. We would ride through long thick fog: Dreadful Stratus clouds descending from the sky. The car’s headlights could barely pierce the clouds and we were afraid. Driving very slowly and very carefully we would finally get there. As I grew older, the descending clouds gradually surrounded me. Eventually, I saw only shadows through this fog and I saw my environment around me disappear. I was afraid. Monstrous dark clouds floated far in the gray sky above. They followed me for a while. One day I lifted my head and felt the sun peeking between these clouds. I realized the warmth of the sun and the taste of success. As the dark clouds dissipated, it revealed a wonderful blue sky. It was a sunny day. I heard the birds singing far away, motors purring, people whispering, and leaves clapping in the wind. Touching textures, sizes, shapes and thickness of shopping items awakened my recognition skills. No longer am I afraid of the fog around me. Yet slowly and carefully, I will reach my goal!