Nothing is sweeter than seeing the world through your child’s eyes. But what if a doctor told you that your child only has a few short years left before the sense of sight will be stolen away?
This is the reality for Christine and Steve Myers and now they are racing against time (and around the globe) to complete a visual bucket list of sights for their five-year-old daughter before she goes blind.
Her parents have chosen not to tell their daughter yet. After all, how do you explain to a five-year-old that one day they won’t be able to fully experience the world around her – to catch a rare glimpse of a shooting star, to wake up and see her sister’s smiling face staring back at her, to see a rainbow, to lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by?
Lizzy has five to seven years of sight left, doctors say. Her parents are determined to give their little girl the most spectacular adventure possible through a visual bucket list.
The visual voyage began last week in their hometown in Ohio with a trip to an observatory where Lizzy gazed at the moon and an outing to a production of Mary Poppins. The list of sights to see includes big attractions such as the Northern Lights, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Yellowstone, but also some of life’s simple pleasures, such as viewing the night sky and sunsets on the beach.
Steve tells Today that during a recent trip to a nearby mountain range, Lizzy and her little sister took bottles of bubbles with them.
“The wind was blowing just right,” he says. “We had hundreds of bubbles flying in the air. They just loved it. I hope things like that will mean the most to her.”
Lizzy, a happy little girl, is off to Europe next year after Turkish Airlines offered the family a round trip to anywhere in the world. The family chose one of the most visual places they could think of – Italy.
While the time will come when Christine and Steve will tell their daughter about her blindness, it is certainly not on the list of things to do anytime soon.
For now, Lizzy, who wants to be a princess or mermaid when she grows up, is quite content experiencing all the beauty the world has to offer and enjoying every special outing with those who love her the most.