Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A note from a friend

Dear Camara:

I follow you on facebook with your lovely Angel Anaya and I have something that I would like to share with you. It's a poem that a friend shared with me. It works in meany different cases It just happens to be cerebral Palsey in it because thats what My beauty has, But your beauty fits in it to, It's about how we as thier mothers were chosen .....

 How God Selects The Mother of a Special Needs Child By Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit.

Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with Special needs are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments
for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron Saint Matthew.", "Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron Saint Cecilia.", "Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron Saint Gerard, he's used to profanity."

Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a child with Cerebral Palsey."

The angel is curious, "Why this one, God? She's so happy."

"Exactly", smiles God. "Could I give a child with Cerebral Palsey to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be Cruel".

"But has she the patience?" asks the angel.

"I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side. I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has her own world. She has to make it live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord; I don't think she even believes in you."

God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps, "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she cannot separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with less than perfect. She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see.... ignorance, cruelty, prejudice ... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone.

"And what about her patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."

The End

I really liked this story.  I thought it was beautiful and i can only hope to have those attributes that will carry us all through this. - Camara

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