My entry into the world was humble enough. I was born on January 2, 1951 in Mason City, Iowa. Britt didn't have a hospital back in those days. I was born two months, prematurely. Because I was so small, I was an incubator baby. To be exact, I weighed 3 pounds at the time of birth. For me to be kept alive, I needed to have oxygen. Back then, there was not a way to control the amount of oxygen received. Accordingly, I received too much oxygen. The result was that both optic nerves were destroyed.
When I was 6 months old, my parents did some investigating, to see if anything could be done where I would have sight. I was sent to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. First, a series of shots were tried. Then, my parents were told, that there was one surgery that could be tried. The surgery would have been a risky thing. The odds were against us. There was one chance in ten, that the surgery would be successful, & that I would have some sight. It was more likely, that I would have sight, but no brain. Given those odds, my parents elected not to have the surgery done.
There are times in life, when the choices aren't going to be ours to make. Obviously, this was one of those times. When Mom was alive, I often heard her tell the story of what happened afterwards. You can only imagine, how devastating news like this was for my parents. A Nun spent time with my parents. My Mom never forgot what they were told. I'll paraphrase. The Nun knew, that they were devastated. Her heart went out to them. It was what she said next, that Mom always remembered. The Nun said, "I know you're devastated by this news." Think of it this way. You have a garden of beautiful roses. & in that garden of beautiful roses, there's one rose that's not doing so well. God asked you, to take care of, and nurture that rose." Like I indicated, my Mom never forgot that conversation, and as I think on those happenings, I'm so thankful to God, that my parents did that in my behalf. The lesson gained here, is that life is what we make it. Sometimes, the choices aren't going to be ours to make. Nobody said, that life would be fair. Having said that, thanks to the love, care, & nurturing of my parents, this incredible journey began.