What’s in a number?
We are surrounded by them, they dictate our lives.
We talk about our unborn baby at 32 weeks, etc. Once they arrive, we share their birth weight, their length, time of birth, and their head size.
In school, your grade level is marked by a number. K-12. We get social security numbers and drivers license numbers. They count the number of people that live in your country, state & city.
You get the point…..so let’s move on.
Humans normally have 46 chromosomes in each cell, divided into 23 pairs. Why are they in a pair? Because…. for each chromosome one is inherited from your mother & one from your father.
Changes in the structure of a chromosome can cause problems with health and development.
That is why the #17 is so significant in our lives.
Emily was born with a rare chromosome deletion. The number 17 chromosome to be exact.
The deletion has caused her to have moderate developmental delays, seizures, hypotonia and speech apraxia to name a few.
But Em is a very happy girl who lives in a storybook type world of her own. My daughter is non-verbal, yet without saying a word has taught us more about life than anyone I know.
Count your blessings but don’t count chromosomes. Life isn’t really all about numbers, even though we are surrounded by them and use them in everyday life more often than we realize.
Life is about choosing happy and celebrating what God has given us.