When Your Future Plans Collapse

The Journey Inward


Last updated 11/6/2019 at 4:50pm


Have you heard the story “Welcome to Holland”? Written by Emily Perl Kingsley, the parent of a child with Down Syndrome, it’s about the experience of having your life’s expectations turned upside down: “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 yo...

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