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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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Journal - Week 48 (20Jul10)


After receiving a very touching email last night from a member on one of the websites I volunteer with (MedHelp) I decided to create a special page for me to post these personal messages.  I used to post these messages I received on occasion right here in my daily posts, but I decided late last night that these special messages deserved a special page of their own that everyone could read whenever they wished.  When I receive messages like the one I just did, it hits a special place in my heart.  It's not about the kudos, it's not about the self gratification - even if it does make me feel great.  It's about the realization that I have reached someone, educated and even inspired.  I have always said, it is my goal to teach, educate and promote awareness.  It is nice to be able to see the fruits of my labours even if those labours are ones out of love.  It is also important to me to give these people the recognition they deserve for making the connection, understanding and realizing what I did when I had Hunter.

I invite you to visit my new page called: 
Sandi'sWall for Special Recognition
Click the title or visit the link here:  http://welcometoourhouse-myjournal.blogspot.com/p/sandis-wall-for-special-recognition.html  or navigate to the "Welcome to Our House" banner and see just underneath the title for various added pages including this new one. 

The page is not just for messages to me, but also messages I have sent to others.  I certainly hope that I can continue to add messages to this page, because ultimately it means the more messages I get to post, the more people I have reached and possibly educated.  If I have changed your perspective, or touched you in some way, please feel free to send me an email directly at tkd73@sympatico.ca.  I would love to post your message.  Even if you have a story about how Down syndrome changed your life, please tell me about it and I can post your short story.  I also hope to use some of these entries for my book, "Welcome to Our House".

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