When you look at this piece of paper you see what is immediately visible. It’s a blank page.
Kind of like any child, they are all blank pages. Not one of them is depicted in What (not) to Expect. They all have challenges, mountains they have to climb. Some days it is with their parent’s assistance, some days it is their teacher and some days it is just pure stubbornness.
Like Forest Gump said, you never know what you are going to get. This is what makes parenting kind of cool. There are very few surprises in this life. Then this squalling infant is placed in your arms (or older if you’ve chosen to adopt) and everything you thought you knew flies out the window. You learn to navigate temper tantrums, potty training (this could be a longer battle than the 30-years war), emerging hormones and when life let’s them down you catch them.
It doesn’t matter if your child is with or without a rare syndrome.
What does matter is (sadly, because I should have celebrated Abby’s milestones as much as I do her sister’s) is when they go from being a blank page to something more than you imagined. When Bridget rolled over for the first time. When the holes in her heart closed. When she had spinal surgery. When she went to school the first day.
When she wrote her name.
Life is a blank page.
It matters what you write on it.
Even if you never imagined she would.
The blank page is a reminder to me, that life with Bridget is unwritten. She is her own autobiographer.
I’m just here to document it.
This post was brought to you by the wonderful Kristi at Finding Ninee and Mardra from Grown Ups & Downs as the Finish the Sentence Friday prompt:
What would you write on it?
Another beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your joys and trials with your darling daughter(s).
Being a parent has been the greatest experience/challenge/joy of my life. Your sharing of your experience as a parent of a child with special needs lays bare yet another avenue of challenges in this lifelong journey of parenting:The greatest commitment we will ever make. Thanks, Kerri
Here’s to documenting her progress and realizing that we are all blank pages. ❤ I LOVE OUR KIDS and B and T must meet. Must.
Yes, our children and parenthood is the greatest blank page of all!