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, September 14, 2011

My Journal - Week 107 (14Sep11)

DDSA SUMMER EVENT - WindReach Farms 28Aug11

Again, I know it's been a while, but being a Mommy, Police Officer, Business Owner, DDSA Executive Director and at the very least - just being me, is exhausting!

Back on the 28th of August the we (the Durham Down syndrome Association) held our Annual Summer Picnic at WindReach Farms.  I got the idea to have it at the Farms through my mother who herself is an Executive member (Treasurer) with the Kiwanis Club of Riverdale.  They have held a few of their meetings at the WindReach Farm.  While my mothers group was there, she noted how great of a facility Windreach was (being that they cater specifically to people of all abilities) and suggested it to me for the DDSA.

I decided to suggest it to the entire executive and it was decided we would hold our picnic there.  Here are a few wonderful moments of us, at Windreach.

What the heck are you??  Mommy says you are a chicken....

But, I thought chicken was something I ate?  I don't think I'd eat you....

Vaun is here too!  My best buddies are here!

It's a real "sheep"!  Baa baa white sheep!!

I'm not too sure about this Daddy... But they are woolly soft!

See, now this is what I thought chicken was...  I'm so confused!

Me and my Daddy... riding the hay wagon!

Mommy and I are riding the Hay Wagon now!

Lexi is giving me a hug and kiss again!

And I FINALLY get hugs and kisses from my buddy Haedyn!  I love my friends!

Tonight we are having our Quarterly Meet & Greet with the DDSA.  I have invited a Doctor from the University of Ontario Institue of Technology (UOIT).  She (Dr. Lloyd) will be discussing and speaking about Children with Down syndrome and their physical muscle functionality.  Hopefully we have a good turnout at the meeting....

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