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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Friday, March 9, 2012

My Journal - Week 132 (09Mar12)

A Flash From the Past...  (YMCA Nov. 2011)

Back in November, I took a lot of pictures of Hunter and Vaun (my best girlfriends son).  At that time, I had just renewed my interest in my photography and found that I was taking about a million photos of everyone and everything!  I took my camera everywhere I went, which included my Down syndrome Playgroup - YMCA Play to Learn for Kids with Special Needs.  For those who don't know, I created this playgroup in partnership with the YMCA back in 2009 and it's been running every other week, ever since!

Don't let me fool you, it's not like I happened to recall that I had these photos just lying around, I had some time on my hands today and I found myself sorting though hundreds (literally) of my photos (finally) and realizing I needed to put them into my "Children's Photo file" (which currently contains over 4000 photos of my two kiddies).  In the many various photos, I discovered I had taken so many of Vaun with Hunter.  These images are not as great in resolution as my newer Nikon, but the photos are still fantastic quality.  Anyway, after looking at these particular images, I figured I'd put a little commentary on them.  It's so obvious (and cute) that the two of them are engaged in some sort of ... something!  How cute - Huh?!  LOL


Hunter, Don't forget about me here behind you.... Are you mad at me?  (Hunter discovers he can "make" a cake.) 

Hunter???  You listening buddy?  Was it something I said?!  (Hunter vigorously stirring his batch...)

Hunter!!  I'm right here!!  I love you....  (Hunter seemingly finished, thoughtfully decides he must add a pinch of a missing ingredient...)

(This last one is my Favourite...) 
Hey Vaun!  Let me tell you all 'bout my 'poon.   Umm, were you talking to me just now?  I was busy making US a cake!

There's just so much love with these two boys.  I am guessing that the next two (Hayleigh and Ashur) will be just as close, given that they are three weeks apart.  Nothing is better than friends and family.

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