Monday, December 18, 2006

Jocelyn

Family is having a handicapped kid.
Family is having a handicapped kid, who some close to you want locked up.
Family is having a handicapped kid who prompts parishioners to shift to different pews.
Family is having a handicapped kid which means siblings friends won’t stay over.
Family is having a handicapped kid who community services don’t want to know about.
Family is having a handicapped kid about whom some relatives just don’t want to know or understand.
Family is having a handicapped kid which means holidays are not.
Family is having a handicapped kid that destroys your goods and chattels.
Family is having a handicapped kid who can’t be managed at school.
Family is having a handicapped kid who others laugh at.
Family is having a handicapped kid who does not know her own strength and hurts you.
Family is having a handicapped kid that requires 24 hour care and supervision.
Family is having a handicapped kid who prompts other patients in the waiting room to leave.
Family is having a handicapped kid with a syndrome not understood and for which there is no cure.

Yet...

Family is having a handicapped kid who loves unconditionally.
Family is having a handicapped kid who does not give a tinkers toss that the parishioners moved to another pew!
Family is having a handicapped kid who loves life.
Family is having a handicapped kid who is your own!
Family is having a handicapped kid who lets us know very quickly who are worth knowing and those who can go their own way.
Family is having a handicapped kid who has a wicked sense of humour.
Family is having a handicapped kid who loves practical jokes.
Family is having a handicapped kid who is her own person.
Family is having a handicapped kid who teaches us humility (learned very slowly).
Family is having a handicapped kid who has introduced us to people worth knowing (have I said that already? Must be important).
Family is having a handicapped kid who is, well part of the family.
Family is having a handicapped kid – for which we would do it all again.
Family is having a handicapped kid – well part of it anyway,
Meet Jocelyn.

7 comments:

The Bizarre Jokester said...

hi! you've got a marvellous blog! keep up the good work!

R2K said...

: )

Jessie said...

Visiting by way of the carnival. Very nice post here!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well now that was lovely! thanks... bee

HeatherinBeautifulBritishColumbia said...

Sounds to me as though your family is a family because of YOU! Really nice post!!! I came here via the blog carnival :) Hope you stop by to read my entry.

Pickled Eel said...

Thanks Heather - but I can't take much of the credit. Wife and other siblings make it what it is - as does Jocelyn of course. And plenty of friends over the years that have helped us stay sane - including some parishoners who did not move to other pews!!

Kevin said...

Very well written post. I'm not sure where I heard this saying or when but....if something is easy then it's not worth doing.