Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In On The Secret


I stumbled upon a story the other day which is written by the mother of a child with very significant disabilities. Her story put to paper the thoughts that have been tumbling around in my head ever since adopting my daughter, Ashley, over 13 years ago.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Not everyone is so nervous around disability, of course. On that same walk with Clemmie one woman asked what condition my daughter had, stroked her hair and told her she was gorgeous. The woman told me she used to work with disabled children. Ahh, now it's clear – she knows what the others don't; she's in on the secret. She knows that the profoundly disabled can change your life and whole world view not through achievement, not by doing, but just by being.

If you want to brighten your day, take a few moments and read the entire article.

7 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for re-posting my article - and indeed for liking it! With huge love to you and the beautiful Ashley. xxx

Deana said...

I loved this! I am going to try to order a couple of copies of the book! Thanks for the link!

HennHouse said...

Oh, I'm headed over RIGHT NOW. Just this excerpt is profound.

Thank you!

Deana said...

Also, just saw this and thought of you...
http://anchorcentercompass.blogspot.com/2010/09/at-first-sight-braille-jewelry-please.html

The Anchor Center is a school for blind children. Max was too old to attend when we found it, but we have several friends who go there.

Terena said...

beautiful

Janet said...

Thanks -- I love her insight. I often feel this way about Luke who has autism -- others just don't know what they are missing.

Azaera said...

That excerpt brought tears to my eyes. Sounds like something I would do. When my little girl I'm working with came into the room for the first time, my first words were "She's beautiful!". And she truly is. I hope people can see my child for how wonderful he really is too.