On our quest to spruce up The Hundred Acre Wood in preparation for our upcoming C17 BBQ, after church we decided to take a trip down to my new favorite store, Cape May Wicker. I had been envisioning a cozy little sitting area on our back deck for months now, after carefully & methodically going through the pages of my Country Sampler magazines.
So off we went ……
During our outing today, Emily on the other hand, was not in heaven. Going into stores makes her very anxious, which leads to her crying with frustration. Life with a chromosome deletion. Life with Sensory Processing Disorder. Life with a special needs child.
If you are a parent of a special needs child, you might have read the story by Emily Perl Kinsley called Welcome to Holland. In that story, she tries to describe what it’s like living with a child that has a disability. While everyone else is traveling to Italy, your plane stops in Holland with no explanation. Holland is a beautiful place, but not the trip you had planned for.
I don’t expect other parents to understand why my child is crying, but it’s not because she’s throwing a temper tantrum, didn’t get her way or didn’t get a new toy. It’s because my little girl has difficulty processing things like the big store we just walked into & all the people and noises that come along with it.
I pray to God, to give others the wisdom to know compassion, love & patience to those of us who reside here in Holland.