Posted by: amica | June 29, 2010

Holland is Wonderful Too!

Am I the only one that hears Cher saying “Snap Out Of It!” when reading that last post??  Wow, how the waves of emotion will rise and fall. I am in a much better place today. I was planning to attend dinner with Christine this evening with some other lovely ladies in Austin but I have some major potential job stuff going on! This is good! I don’t want to jinx anything so just keep prayers headed for the right thing to happen!!

I came across this on a blog I read, Noah’s Road and it is a wonderful interpretation of the mourning period one goes through when raising a special needs child. If we are very lucky, we learn that Holland is just as amazing as Italy!

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michelangelo David, the gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!” you say. “What do you mean, Holland?” I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to some horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy a new guidebook. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

The pain of that will never, ever, go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

-Written by Emily Perl Kingsley

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Responses

  1. I first read that analogy many years again. Grieving is part of raising our kids. It is important not to miss the windmills and tulips! Praying that God will watch over you job situation. {{{Hugs}}}


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