Parents Need to See the Light / They Need to Understand
Dear Ann Landers: I am a married woman who is terribly concerned about my younger sister. She is 20 years old and blind. My blind sister lives with our parent in a comfortable home and has everything she wants but she is pathetically lonely.
She attends a school for the blind and the few friends she has are sightless. My parents refuse to allow her to date because they fear she might end up marrying on of the blind men. This, they insist, would impose a double financial burden on the family.
Many of the unsighted [that] my sister knows have jobs and seem to be getting along well. I have never discussed with m parents their treatment of my sister because I don't want to interfere.
Please tell me what is the right thing to do. Should I stand by and let my sister spend the rest of her life sitting in her bedroom listening to the radio, or should I have a frank talk with my folks?
Ann Landers says: For heaven's sake, speak up and save this girl. Many blind people who marry have a wonderful life together.
If you sister isn't receiving training that will equip her to be self supporting, she should be. And you need to tell you parents for me that their restrictions on the girl's social life are cruel. A 20-ear-old should be allowed to date any respectable man.