Tuesday, November 04, 2008

What's Imperfect about Down Syndrome?

Babies Perfect and Imperfect
by Amy Julia Becker
Copyright (c) 2008 First Things (November 2008).

Our daughter was born at 5:22 p.m. on December 30, 2005. Two hours later, a nurse called my husband out of the room. When he returned, he took my hand and said, “They think Penny has Down syndrome.” As this news began to make its way into my consciousness, we heard shouts from the room next door. Another child had been born. “She’s perfect!” someone exclaimed about that other baby. “She’s perfect!”
Once we found out that Penny had Down syndrome, we had a hard time celebrating her birth. We didn’t open the bottle of champagne perched by my bedside. We were afraid to call our friends and family. We didn’t shout, “She’s perfect.”

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Blogger Rebecca Talley said...

I see my son as an amazing gift and every day I am so thankful God decided to send him to me. I don't see anything imperfect about him at all.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about Penny.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Rebecca Talley,

Welcome. I am so glad that you appreciate your son as a gift. That itself is grace. You are an amazing woman yourself. Blessings.

8:36 AM  

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