It takes a very special individual to love and care for a child that has any type of special need. Autistic children…children with Down syndrome…children with a mental illness…children with a hearing/visual/speech impairment. Everyone can’t handle seeing a child that way. When you bring a child into the world, you want the very best for them. You expect everything to be perfect. Some parents’ birth newborns with complications…some can be corrected through surgery and some can’t. Some of us have been blessed with children that have no problems at all. They can think for themselves, interact with other children their age, and be independent. Would you be able to handle that? You’d be surprised but everybody can’t handle it.
You have some parents that send their children to mental health group homes to live because they don’t fit into their ‘lifestyle’. I know because I was a Home Manager at Mental Health for two years. Count your blessings! Be thankful that your baby is healthy with a mind to think for themselves! If you see another child that requires a little more attention…pray for them…pray for the parents because it’s a hard task. It weighs on them physically and emotionally.
Before I became pregnant I would always say that I didn’t want to have a child that needed extra attention. But you know what? When I had my daughter, all of that went out of the window. That first look at her had me head over hills for her. I thank God that she is healthy and independent. I can’t imagine loving her any more than I do now, but it is possible. If she had any complications I would love her even more. Why? Because it wouldn’t be her fault. It wouldn’t be anybody’s fault. She would still be perfect in my eyes…more than perfect. I would love her harder than I do now. I would protect her more than I do now. That seems impossible even for me, but trust me, I would be even more in love with her. Way more than I do now.
Alicia E. Andrews