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Sighted Daughter of Blind Parents

Hi, I’m Laura. I am the sighted daughter of blind parents. When I was growing up, I was always asked how my life was different having blind parents. My response back then was always, “It is exactly the same, except we just don’t have a car.” That was all I knew at that age, and my life seemed pretty normal. Now that I’m older, I realize that my childhood was different. From a young age, I started taking on responsibilities that young children just normally don’t have. I made out the bills starting at age nine or ten, which turned into filling out all forms and paperwork. I picked out all the food while grocery shopping at even an earlier age.

My parents were always afraid they were giving me too much responsibility at such a young age. I’ll agree that the parent-child relationship became a little blurred at times, but I never thought or felt that I was overburdened. In fact, I always wanted to help out more and would always tell my parents, “I can do that” or “Mamma, let me try to see if I can figure it out.” My parents were always patient and would always let me try. If I could do it, then it would be more help for my parents. So they were happy. If I couldn’t, they would continue to have others help them out.

The things that I did and learned as a child really turned out to be blessings later on in life. I would have had to figure out how to do them anyway as an adult, and probably would have made more mistakes on my own. But with my parents standing by my side with reassurance while I learned made them all the less frightening. Because of all that I did for my parents, I became a more self-reliant, independent person. And for that I am grateful.

If anyone has any questions about being a sighted child with blind parents, I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Have a great day, everyone!

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Re: Sighted Daughter of Blind Parents

Hey Laura,

I'm Rosa, I'm a college student studying industrial design and I was really hoping I could ask some questions to a slighted person who was raised by blind parents. Would you be open to giving me some insight?

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I have a podcast, would you like to do an interview or talk about it. Sounds like an amazing story!!

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