Category Emily Kingsley

Welcome to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability, to try to help people who haven\’t 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, gondolas. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It\’s all very exciting.

After several 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...