“Callie, you cannot open your eyes. It’s going to be loud, and bright and scary, but you cannot open your eyes. I know, you’re going to want to. I know you’re gonna want to see what’s out there. But you keep those eyes shut. Okay?” my dad said to me.
“Okay,” I responded.
“Good. No matter what happens, no matter what you hear, what anyone says, or whatever you think, keep them closed. Please.”