--An Orphan No More--


Thursday, June 17, 2010

We are planning a trip...to Holland

There is a poem...many of you know it well. It is called Welcome to Holland. It was written by the mother of a child with special needs. In case you have never read it, here ya go:


by Emily Perl Kingsley

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books 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 a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. 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....and 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."

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

Well my friends, we have been to Italy. In fact, we've been there a few times. Italy is great. But we are ready to travel somewhere new....and we have chosen Holland. We have heard Holland is amazing. We have friends who have been to Holland and would go back in a heartbeat. And Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips....oh how I love tulips. And Holland has adorable shoes.....


Lori said...


Denise :o) said...

I posted this same thing on my blog two or three years ago, but it wasn't a trip to Holland, it was a trip to Austraila!! Too funny. I LOVE IT! :o))

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