Welcome to Our House - The Analogy ©

Having a baby is special. For some, it’s a lifelong dream, for others, a wonderful surprise. Either way, many of us have thought about taking this journey and whether it’s planned or a pleasant surprise, we all have preconceived ideas about what our child will look and be like. But what if it isn’t what we planned or expected? This is a short story I have written for parents who have or are expecting an exceptionally special child.

Welcome to our House – An analogy

After many months of dreaming, you finally decide it’s time. You are going to build that perfect house of your dreams. You have saved and saved, and now it’s time to put your plan into action. You find a wonderful, perfect piece of land in the city. It’s exactly what you are looking for – because it’s the plan that everyone talks about. You envision the all brick house sitting on luscious green grass, surrounded by a white picket fence. Inside is a marble foyer leading into a family room with beautiful oak hardwood floors. Granite lines the kitchen counter tops and there is an island sink in the middle. Upstairs has four perfect bedrooms and the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and an enormous walk-in closet, of course. It’s truly a dream come true, and it’s only a matter of time. You purchase the land and think to yourself, in nine short months, you will have it all.

But suddenly your agent calls to tell you, the land is not properly zoned, and the city has not approved it for building your perfect home. They have instead, given you land in the country, where an old country home sits. You are absolutely devastated, your dreams vanishing right before your eyes. You know you can’t back out now, you need a place to live, and despite it not being what you wanted, you know that somehow you will manage and that you can continue on.

You tell everyone what has happened, and everyone is disappointed, some even offering their condolences. You know that everyone else has a nice city home, and that was what you had planned, but you have to come to terms with the fact that you must learn to live in the country.

You go to see the property every month until closing and something funny happens. You start to fall in love with the place. The air is fresh, it’s peaceful and serene. There’s a pond on the land, and the house, though not a new all brick home, is quaint, and has lots of hidden potential. You soon realize it’s not a awful place, it’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than the city, less noisy and flamboyant, but it’s beautiful none the less. And in the process, you soon realize you may even get to meet some new and wonderful neighbours.

Its closing day and you suddenly find yourself full of anticipation, but you are still a little worried. After all, it isn’t what you had originally hoped for, and the house may need some repairs. But you are determined to accept it, and tackle everything one step at a time. You open the front door, and suddenly you are thrilled with what you see. The house is lovely, and has lots of character. The rooms are smaller but it’s decorated with beautiful attention and detail. The kitchen has marble instead of granite, and the bathroom has a soaker tub instead of a Jacuzzi. There isn’t a walk-in closet in sight, but the rooms all come with an indescribable view. Somehow, you just know that it was always meant to be and that this is now home.

This is my analogy of what it will be like for people who discover that they will be caring for a baby with Down syndrome. For us, it is not a terrible place to be, it is a journey full of surprises, milestones and discovery like any other child. And as the story suggests, sometimes it’s only a matter of ‘point of view’, and surprisingly, once you have been there, you don’t want to be anywhere else. The journey, like all others doesn’t come without some bumps in the road, but once you find your way, it’s all about the place you discovered, in most cases - quite by random chance
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Journal - Week 33 (07Apr10)

Publication update....

I am posting this message so that people are aware of what is going on with my next two books ("I have Down syndrome, what does that mean?" and "Buddy the Little Bucket".  I have decided, after a long and arduous conversation with a few different people and alternative publishing companies that I will not be producing my next two books with Xlibris Publishing.  In order to provide better pricing for my books, I have decided to find a publisher who will allow me to set the price for my books, while providing me the highest quality book available.  I researched printing overseas and domestically.  In the end I decided to remain domestic, to keep the quality of the book.  Because I have pulled out the next two books, I am saddened to say it may take me a bit more time to get the next book out, but at least I will be able to offer the books at a much more reasonable price due to my being able to set my own pricing, and I have been assured that I will receive the service level that I had expected to receive from the last company but didn't. 

With respect to my first book, Charlie's Adventure; both the Hardcover and Softcover versions will still be available from the publisher and more importantly from me, but due to an error on Xlibris's part, the book will not be available in Hardcover through the major online retailers.  They will only produce the Softcover version.

My new publisher assures me that my next books will most definitely be available in both Hardcover and Softcover, and more importantly appropriately priced.

I will of course keep everyone updated with respect to the upcoming publications, and I am told that it will not be a difficult process to get these books into the major bookstores like Chapters - which I am looking forward to being able to do.

The next book:  "I have Down syndrome, what does that mean?" is a hardcover book written for children who are learning about having Down syndrome.  It is a simple, yet wonderfully emotional read, that encourages a child to understand that while they may have Down syndrome, they are capable.  The book contains one-liner positive sentences, has pictures on every page, and is meant to be a positive and descriptive book.  The book is meant for a child at the age of asking about Down syndrome, and also a memorable keepsake for years afterwards.  The book is also meant to be able to describe portions of Down syndrome to others who might not know anything about Down syndrome like other siblings, family members and or friends.

I am hopeful that many of my readers and followers might be interested in purchasing this book for themselves, their children or anyone they know that might benefit from reading this wonderful book.  If anyone is interested in pre-ordering the book (no payment necessary until post production), they are welcome to do so by sending me an email at tkd73@sympatico.ca, and I will add you to the list of people who want the book.

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