Did the bunny come and get my tooth last night?
We went to a Christmas party the other night with some people we don’t know really well and had the conversation you typically have when you meet someone for the first time:
Me …Nice to meet you too…
Them So do you have any children?
Me Yes, we have three daughters; two are freshmen in high school, and a 7th grader.
Them Oh…you have twins?
Me No…they are a year apart because Madison is….
At this point in the conversation there is usually an “I’m so sorry” or “That must be hard” comment. And I understand the discomfort that comes from hearing about a child with the challenges she has. It’s not normal and people tend to get a bit unsettled because they do not know what to say.
It’s ok. No need to feel weird. We have processed all of this a thousand times and I must admit, sometimes the whole thing still feels weird to me. So no worries on being uncomfortable hearing it the first time.
We didn’t plan it this way. She was born healthy. But to quote the doctor at Vandy when she was sick, “We don’t know why, but sometimes crazy stuff happens.”
Yes it does.
There are undoubtedly a lot of things that are harder for our family than for the average family. (Whatever that is…) But here’s the thing, I also know that there are a ton of things that are better for our family than most. Just a few of my favorites are:
- Santa will come to our house every year. Forever.
- DisneyWorld will always be a magical place.
- I can always get a kiss good-bye.
- A helium balloon can bring incredible joy.
- And I will always hear things like what Madison said one night after the “Tooth Fairy” came to her room and she got her mixed up with the Easter Bunny: Did the bunny come and get my tooth last night?