Every once in a while I am reminded that Skyler will one day grow up, he will be a child, a teenager, an adult etc. Today I was reading a blog post about someone else's child playing soccer for the first time and the thought occurred to me "can blind kids play soccer?" I mean it feels like a stupid question and it probably is, but I can't seem to figure it out. I imagine if you can't see where the ball is you can't exactly kick it or score a goal. Maybe if they have a ball that makes a sound or something? And goals that make sounds? That might work. Do they have those things? Do blind kids generally play sports? Not that I care, I myself don't like sports in the slightest. Nor does C, so it isn't like we're disappointed about it. We didn't have dreams of being Hockey Parents or anything. (Not that I would ever be like that with my child, Canadians you know what I mean when I say Hockey Parents. Blah.)
But it leads me to several other questions. I mean I know blind people can't drive. That's a matter of safety (and on a side note, I think it's completely ridiculous that we don't do retesting for drivers every decade or so. I know many elderly people who've lost their vision but still have their license because we don't retest people. These people shouldn't be on the road!). What about skating in the winter? Not hockey but just skating? Maybe if they hold hands with someone who is sighted so they don't bump into people? Don't get me wrong, I know there are so many things he can do. And I have no intention of limiting him in any way, unless of course it compromises his safety. Like I'm not going to let him drive because that would be stupid.
But I wonder about these things. I guess I just know there are some things he won't be able to do. Which is true of anyone. I mean there are things I just can't do. Not because my vision sucks or because I'm disabled in some way, but just because I can't do them. I suck at sports, and I have no skills when it comes to drawing. My "people" look more like disfigured blobs when I try to sketch. Everyone has things they are good at and things they are not, but I suppose I am just worried about him being limited because of his vision. What if he wants to play soccer or something? I always thought I would be a paranoid mommy if my son wanted to play some sort of sport but throw in the fact that he's blind and I think I would spend the entire time having a panic attack on the side lines worrying about him getting hit in the head or tripping over someone and breaking a bone.
Thinking of which has just alerted me to the fact that soccer is a team sport and there would be other kids on the field too. Which would be pretty hazardous as well if there's lots of noise and you can't tell who is where. He'd probably run into them. I guess sports are pretty much off the table for him. Here's hoping he's like both of his parents and has no interest whatsoever in playing sports of any kind. Maybe I'll find him something safer to do like swimming. Get him a nice little life jacket and some lessons. Or a piano. Maybe he'll love music like his mommy.
Wow I am so overthinking this. I know the time will come when I have to deal with it though. I like to think things out ahead of time.. I suppose I will just have to deal with it when the time comes. I just hate those moments that give you pause, and not in a good way.