Making Mothers Feel the Love
Since spring is associated with renewal and rebirth, it’s no wonder that that many countries and cultures choose this time of year to honor mothers. Cards and photographs are popular gifts for those special women in your family, but may not be the best choice for a loved one with low vision. If you’re at a loss for what to give your visually impaired loved one, here are some fun and creative ways to tell her you care!
DIY (Do It Yourself)
Most mothers agree: homemade gifts are the best. They show you put time, thought and effort into making her feel special.
• For your low-vision loved one, try using different materials like felt or tissue paper to add dimension and texture to your card or craft. If your mother, sister, or wife has poor eyesight, use large font in contrasting colors to make your special message stand out. You can even create three-dimensional text out of pipe cleaners or colorful yarn.
• Scissors and glue may not be your thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a meaningful and memorable card. Most supermarkets and drug stores carry greeting cards that will let you record personalized messages. Try composing a song or a poem or telling a joke that will make them smile. You can use a recordable card to capture your voice (and creativity)!
Outings and Experiences
More interested in experiences than cards or presents? You’re not alone. More and more gift-givers are gravitating toward shared experiences to commemorate special occasions.
• If you live in a city, consider taking your mom out on the town. Maybe she’s a theater buff or a lover of opera? If that’s the case, try to find productions with which she’s familiar, so she can easily follow the storyline without visual cues. Otherwise, spend some time learning about a particular performance. Is it based on a novel? Buy the audiobook beforehand and read it together. Sharing the anticipation will make the experience all the more meaningful.
• If your mother doesn’t like the theater, music concerts and other types of lectures are a great option. In addition to the music itself, concert goers can enjoy the vibrations from the stage, the buzz of the crowd, and the rise and fall of applause. If possible, try purchasing a recording of the performance so your loved one can relive the experience for years to come.
• As an alternative, look to see whether a favorite author or celebrity is coming to the area for a reading or seminar. These activities are both fun and intellectually engaging and can provide hours of conversation afterward. As an added bonus, most performance venues have ushers and attendants to help visually impaired guests find their seats, meaning you won’t have to worry about your loved one finding her way.
Remember, vision loss can be an isolating experience. Particularly right after a diagnosis, people with visual impairments may feel like a burden and may withdraw from social activities. If this is true for a woman in your life, there is no better gift than time spent together.