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 the 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 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:
TRY TO FIGURE HOW I COULD JOIN YOU GUYS FOR TOMS PARTY.
MADE ALL THE PLANS ABOUT THEN MY OLD BODY WOULD GIVE OUT ON ME.
SO DECIDED TO
STAY HERE WITH MY FAVORITE NORWEGIAN. SO AS YOU
TRAVEL YOU TWO WILL BE MY EYES.
JERRY AND LEE