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Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley

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I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability ……

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…. to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.

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It's like this......

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When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.

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You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. hi

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The gondolas in Venice. The Michelangelo David. The Coliseum. hi

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You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting. Hello Ciao Arrivederci Goodbye Taxi Tassi Thank You Grazie Midwife Lamaz Delivery Room

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After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. hi

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Several hours later, the plane lands.

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The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland." hi

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"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? hi

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I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy." hi

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But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. Hi hi

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The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place. Hi Hello hi

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So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. hi

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And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. hi

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It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. Hello

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But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... …and you begin to notice… hi

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Holland even has Rembrandts. and Holland has tulips… That Holland has windmills… hi

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But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... Hi Hello hi But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.

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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 of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very, very significant loss.

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But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, 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 lovely things 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 lovely things ... about Holland. hi

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Our very special thanks to the author Emily Perl Kingsley ... also known as “Jason’s mom”

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This presentation was created ♥ with love ♥ by the staff of Central Florida Parent Center, Florida’s Parent Training and Information Center for Region 2. www.CFLparents.org 727-789-2400 888-61-AWARE hi

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