My son asked me yesterday what I want for Mother's Day. Here's how that exchange went down: I want a job (that's another story). He said he couldn't help me with that. My husband overheard that conversation and said, "No, what she really meant is that you should get a job." I liked that idea! Since my son is about to go away to college, a job for him this summer would be awesome. So, he actually applied for some jobs online. By the way, if anyone is looking for a hardworking person in Jacksonville, FL, both my son and I are looking!
The thing I didn't tell him was this... What I really want for Mother's Day is for my son to have his vision restored to full vision. That's not a crazy request, right? I'm a mom, like every other mom in the world that wants the best for her child. Thanks to clinical trials, it's really not that crazy. There are clinical trials going on right now that will treat the diseases like the one my son has and it is very possible that he will have his sight restored. Don't get me wrong, he can see some. However, it takes magnifiers and other aids for him to be able to get stuff done. Trust me, he gets stuff done. I am tired of watching him do more than others just to do what they do. It's got to be so exhausting for him. I am also very proud of him for never giving up and always doing what he needs to do. I don't think all kids with visual impairments are as motivated as he is. I think a lot of kids give up and that's a real shame because they all have something to give society. There are also many kids I have met that are amazing!
It's a fact that 70% of people with visual impairments do not work (National Federation for the Blind). That means they are relying on government subsidies. It only takes a few accommodations to help the visually impaired have fully functioning jobs. It is in our country's best interest to make this happen! So for Mother's Day, I want a few things: I want my son to get a summer job, I want a cure for for my son, and I want the world to know that all these folks need are a few accommodations so that they can be fully contributing citizens and we should all make sure that happens! If you want to help, donate to MOMS for Sight! If you don't already have a kid who is visually impaired, please imagine yourself in that position. You don't have to be a mom with a kid who has a visual impairment to be a MOM for Sight. Just imagine it.