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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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Journal - Week 48 (22Jul10)

Introducing two new pages on my blog!

I have put together and added two brand new pages onto my blog.  The first one is called "Down syndrome - The Diagnosis".  This is a fully packed resource of information for families who just learned that their baby has Down syndrome.  Because so many questions and concerns run through your mind when you are first given this news, and often parents are stuck not knowing what to do next.  I have complied a long list of questions and answers on this page.  I hope that if you find yourself reading this resource, you will find the information that you were looking for.

The second page I have added is called "Do you have questions about Down syndrome?  Click here to ask".  When all the information in the world is not enough to answer a question that you have, you can ask it here.  On this page, I hope to be able to provide people with some unbiased factual pieces of information.  If I can't find the answer, I will direct you to where I think it can be obtained.

I hope that you will pass on these two pages as reference if you know someone who could benefit from them.  If you have any concerns about any of the information that I have provided, please message me directly.

You can access the pages at any time by clicking on the title of the pages which can be located immediately under my "Welcome to Our House" banner.  They will always be available there, along with all my other pages.  So, keep watching that area, more pages may be published soon!

Additionally, if ever you are trying to find something in my blog that you would like to see again, you can use the Google search bar feature located just above the beginning of the most recent post.  When you type in what you are looking for, (providing that the word you are using is in the blog or post you are looking for) the search tool will list all the blogs that contain the word you typed in.  This tool has been in my blog since it's inception, but I don't know if everyone was aware of it's existence or it's use.

I have also changed the look of my background as I mentioned in my last post I would be working on.  I am still investigating the reason why I was informed that I was loosing my original one.  I have yet to receive an answer from the providers of my background, but in any case I will ensure I have a pleasing looking blog for my readers to see..  (Which is why I have since changed providers).

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