Yesterday was our 18th Wedding Anniversary!
Yes, Spuds and I have been married almost longer than we were single before we got married. The good ones go fast, and we are thankful to have been married young. We have had wonderful times together, our share of struggles, and made great memories. We look forward to many more years together, God willing.
Our Wedding Album is so much fun to look through.
There are lovely pictures of our wedding day. My wedding dress, Spud's tuxedo, our rings, our families. The church, the candles, flowers, and our wonderful friends. Looking at the pictures reminds me of those good times. I don't remember everything about that day, especially now when my life is so full and blessed. Having the reminders that I can look at is comforting to me.
What if I were trying to show it to our son, Tyler?
As beautiful as our wedding album is, it would not have been very accessible to our younger son, Tyler. Of course, when we married, we didn't know that our lives would include a child with a visual impairment. We didn't design our wedding album with that in mind.
But we could have made one for Tyler that he could have enjoyed.
For Tyler, his hands were the way that he explored the world. I could have made a scrapbook with different things for him to feel. Pictures all feel the same, and wouldn't have conveyed any useful information to him. But what about a piece of lace from my dress? How about the fabric or a button or another detail from the tuxedo that Spuds wore? A small piece of candle, a dried flower arrangement, and the program and invitation in braille would all be more accessible means of interacting with our wedding album for Tyler.
I'm going to make a tactile wedding album in the next few months. Is there something I should include that I didn't mention here? Let me know in the comments!
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.