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Welcome to Holland
by Emily Pearl Kingsley
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy - after months of anticipation, the big day finally arrives. The plane lands and the flight attendant announces, "Welcome to Holland." You say, "What do you mean Holland? I signed up for Italy, I'm supposed to be in Italy".
All my live I've dreamed of going to Italy! But there's been a change in the flight plan, the plane has landed in Holland, and there you must stay. The important thing is, they haven't taken you to some horrible and disgusting place, it's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy some new guidebooks, you must learn a whole new language, and you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It's just a different place, it's slower paced than Italy. But after you have been there for a while, and you catch your breath, you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips and Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy going and coming from Italy, and bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.
And for the rest of your life, you will say, "Yes that's where I was supposed to go, that's what I had planned".
And the pain and disappointment will never go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very unique, and the very lovely things about Holland.


Emily Kingsley is the mother of a child with Down's Syndrome who has campaigned vigorously to
raise the profile and awareness of Down's Syndrome in the USA.


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