For Jerry...we'll be your eyes...

Tom is the youngest of a family of eleven with eight surviving. The eldest, Jerry is a sharp 84, funny, loving, savvy in today's world and totally blind.  Tom will be 60 five days from today, December 23rd. They share a 24 year difference in age.

While in Henderson Nevada on December 23rd (we're leaving tomorrow), we'll celebrate Tom's milestone birthday with a gathering of family including three of Tom's sisters, two brothers-in-law, several of my family members and local Henderson friends with a wide array of homemade foods, special drinks and as we pleaded, no gifts!  (There's no room in our luggage).

Originally, the intent in writing this blog was to stay in touch with family and friends as we travel the world over the next 5-10 years. Initially, the plan was to post once a week with photos and updates.  As the preparations began, we realized that this information, so diligently researched, may be of benefit to other travelers both young and senior.  Much to our surprise, we've attracted readers from all over the world. 

It wasn't long before Jerry and his lovely wife Lee, heard about our blog as did many other family members. Jerry began "reading it" on his computer utilizing a software program, Jaws, instituted for the blind many years ago.

A few months ago, upon updated the look of our blog, Jerry was no longer able to "read" the text due to formatting changes.  His frustration was evident when he asked if there was a way we could get it to him.  His problem was a dial-up connection in his home, not friendly to intense graphics.

Tom and I discussed the options and Tom suggested that he copy and paste each new post he receives in his email (he signed up to receive email notifications of each new post), text only, and email it to Jerry.  This proved to be a perfect solution and Jerry has happily followed along with our updates. 

In addition, when Jerry receives each post, he prints a copy to share with Lee, and he and Tom's sister Patty, who doesn't have access to a computer.

A few days ago, I received this email from Jerry that touched our hearts.  Here it is exactly as it was received:


I SURE DID TRY TO FIGURE HOW I COULD JOIN YOU GUYS FOR TOMS PARTY.

 FIGURED IF I MADE ALL THE PLANS ABOUT THEN MY OLD BODY WOULD GIVE OUT ON ME.

SO DECIDED TO STAY HERE WITH MY FAVORITE NORWEIGEN.

SO AS YOU TRAVEL YOU TWO  WILL BE MY EYES.

JERRY AND LEE
 
Its evident from this sweet message what a terrific guy Jerry is, as a brother, husband and friend.  It brings us great comfort to know he and Lee are "following along" with us in our travels. 
 
So, as we travel documenting our experiences along the way, we will always keep Jerry in mind, know that he is hearing our adventures, hearing our dilemmas, hearing our joys and hearing our photos which we'll describe in a way enabling him to "see" what we are seeing, feel what we are feeling and share in the many treasures our world has to offer.
 
Thank you Jerry.  The gift you give us, is your interest, your enthusiasm and your love which we will carry with us, wherever we may be. 
 
Yes, Jerry, we'll be your eyes.
 
 

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