Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

Grit: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck
Synonyms ~ resolution, fortitude, courage.

"He won't be like other boys...he won't walk, he won't read, he may not even grow to recognize you as his parents, but you take him home and love him anyway." 

Those words were spoken by a NICU physician as we prepared to bring our son home for the first time.  Those words cut deep into our hearts. 

"He won't be like other boys..."

Those words were meant to lower our expectations for our child, perhaps to lessen the sting of disappointment as he failed to meet the milestones his twin would achieve, to prepare us for a life much different than the one we had creamed of...

"He won't be like other boys..."

He's thirteen. 
He does know who his family is. 
More importantly, he knows who he is. 
Most importantly, he knows God. 
He is strong, athletic, courageous, polite, kind-hearted, well-spoken and helpful. 
He has an infectious giggle and a sharp sense of humor.
 He's a talented young writer who wields a thesaurus like a dangerous weapon!
He has legs that don't cooperate as well as he'd like.
He falls often.  He always picks himself back up.
He keeps going.
He's determined.
He keeps going.
He has grit.

"He won't be like other boys..."

Thank God for that!

Ni Hao Y'all


Teresa =) said...

What a wonderfully sweet tribute to a great kid! Beautifully written!!

Teresa =)

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, what a wonderful testament to you as parents and to your wonderful son!

Suzy said...

It's always nice when the doctor's right, isn't it? Has he seen your son as he's "outgrown" his prognosis? I'm certain it would be one of those times he would be overjoyed that he was wrong!

Daisy Dreams said...

Beautiful. As a NICU nurse, I've heard the words of that physician spoken many times; and seen children prove them wrong even more often!

Jennifer and Greg said...

Wonderful post! It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us.

God's creation is perfect.


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Chris said...


What a blessing your son is!

And, what a blessing that he is not like the other boys!!

What a truly inspirational post! :)