Despite the profound joy associated with the news of my vehicle, I struggled significantly with my anger today, and even planned to blog extensively about it. That changed the second I signed onto Facebook and saw Elizabeth’s [a friend from Memphis who went to St. Agnes] status:
“One year ago today, Jan. 13, 2011, we found out our baby A (Catherine) had fluid behind her neck. The specialist thought downs, turners, trisomy 13 or 18. If she were to make it out alive, Downs would be the best one out of all 4. She has none of the above, but a rare chromosome abnormality ( they say she is #26 in the world). And to think the Dr. Asked us a million times if we wanted to terminate her. God blessed us with two children for a reason. I might not understand why us, or why Catherine but I thank God he picked us to be her Parents! I looked at her tonight as she was asleep, just so peaceful and beautiful! Strawberry blonde hair, big blue eyes, and the longest eye lashes you have ever seen. And she doesn’t even have to curl them! Lucky her. She might be missing a part of a chromosome, but she is the most perfect thing in the world!!!!!!”
Shame on you, Sloane. As if the magnificent morning with Adam and the transportation dilemma solved wasn’t enough reason to count my blessings– what a reality check. How could I possibly express my anger after reading that? I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy and there’s every indication that Tatum will follow suit. Everyone assumes their children will have a clean bill of health….
“I might not understand why us, or why Catherine but I thank God he picked us to be her Parents!” With every roadblock I encounter, I become increasingly cognizant of how those around me address the obstacles in their lives, particularly their attitude and faith [whatever their spirituality may be]. I’m humbled by Elizabeth. May her children continue to flourish and her determination inspire us all.
Focus on the blessings. Let the anger diminish.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,