Here’s to the first post of our new book study! The format of this post is a little different. I have pulled a few quotes from the preface and introduction sections of the book. I will share my thoughts. If you have comments, please leave them below!
The opening sentence of the book is:
“When I was small, I didn’t even know that I was a kid with special needs.”
This makes me wonder how often this is true for our kiddos and even their parents. In fact, many times parents who only have one child do not realize that something is “different” about their kiddo—possibly because they do not have another child to compare to. For me, this brings to mind the often-quoted statement from Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Even the term “special needs” indicates comparison; that this child’s needs are different/special compared to the needs of other children.
“It’s like being a doll and spending your whole life in isolation.”
My only thought about this is how frightening it must be!
Should we listen to every single word you say?
“Please don’t assume that every single word we say is what we intended.”
I think that this is interesting in that we do need to strive to listen to everything. It seems to be a fine line. Which statements are truly what was intended, and which are not?
I’ll end with this post with the final sentence of the prefece:
“Can you imagine how your life would be if you couldn’t talk?”