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
Author: Sandi Graham-McWade, Copyright

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Friday, April 16, 2010

My Journal - Week 34 (16Apr10)

A new method of transportation???

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling away....

Today, as I am told - Grandma laid Hunter down on his play yard to do some tummy time.  Daddy while sitting near by (approximately 4 feet away) was on the computer.  Grandma left to go to out and Mommy was upstairs.  Normally, Hunter will play and make all kinds of noise, while on his play mat.  All of a sudden it got really quiet.  Daddy looked down and Hunter was gone!!  PANIC??  No, not to worry, across the room, by the doorway, there was Hunter lying on his side, giving Daddy a huge grin!  Now, Daddy suspects Hunter rolled his way, over and over until he reached the doorway.  But, no one knows!  Could he have crawled?  Probably not.  Hunter discovered a few days ago that he can continuously roll over and over to get somewhere, but he had not done too much of it.  I suppose he got the courage to roll, and roll and just keep going until something stopped him! 

Realization?  Put up the baby gate in the family room....  We originally put one of the baby gates up at the top of the stairs leading to the basement, and one at the bottom of the stairs to go up to the bedrooms, and another one at the top of the stairs up there.  Now, we have decided it would be better for all of us if we just put one more gate in the doorway of the family room. 

Now, why does all of this seem to happen when I am upstairs??  I am lucky though, I did see Hunter doing this before, but not the extent that happened today!  I wish I could get these moments on video recorder, and yes the cam corder is sitting on the table here in the family room for such events, but Hunter isn't about to wait for us to get it unplugged and started up!  He's got an agenda and is much too busy for us to stop him from what he has going on.  That's okay Hunter, you keep it up and you roll roll roll on!

1 comment:

  1. That is awesome! Hopefully next time you can catch him in the act too!


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