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The lives of Leo, Nick and Steven Argel (from left) changed the day Ollie Cantos knocked on their door.
Leo, Nick and Steven Argel are 14-year-old triplets, and they've all been blind since birth.
Growing up in Arlington, Va., their single mother had a hard time caring for them.
day was like: Wake up, go to school, come back home, and then you stay
there for the rest of the day," Leo recalls in a visit to StoryCorps.
"There were certain things that I wish I could do, like I wish I could
go out and play in the snow like everyone else. 'Cause I've heard kids
through the window — we could hear that they were having fun. The only
thing I remember, when I was 7, we went to McDonald's and we went to the
park. We rarely went outside."
Nick says it got so bad he
wanted to die. "But it was one of the decisions I'm glad I did not make
because I would have missed out on everything."
changed when they were 10. Ollie Cantos, a blind man in their community,
got word of their situation and knocked on their door. He's now in the
process of formally adopting the brothers.
At first, the brothers didn't believe Cantos was blind, so he demonstrated that he could read braille.
"It just made me feel like I had a person that I could trust," Nick says. "Because I didn't trust anyone."
Cantos, like the brothers, had a hard time growing up. He says he didn't have any friends, and people made fun of him.
taught the brothers how to use their canes better by taking them to the
corner store. One day, the store clerk asked Cantos if Leo was his son.
Before Cantos could answer, Leo put his arm around him and said, "Yeah,
that's my dad."
As Cantos remembers it, Leo said, "Well, you
take us places, you protect us, you help us with our homework and make
us happy. Sounds like a dad to me."
"Whenever I hear you call
me 'Dad,' " Cantos tells the three brothers, "it's the highest
compliment to me. You three used to be in the same situation that I was,
and to see you come out of that and to be the way you guys are now,
it's impossible to describe how grateful I am that I get to be your
dad." Audio produced for Morning Edition by Jasmyn Belcher.