Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes for August 20, 2006
Woman: Eve, you're such an inspiration. I couldn't handle all you do. Eve: Yes you could. Woman: No, you're much stronger than me. Seth's autistic. You're a saint! Eve: Don't put me on a pedestal. I didn't choose this life, you know. Woman: But- Eve: I didn't adopt a known disabled child. I'm merely playing the cards we were dealt. We're adapting, but it wasn't my choice. Woman: But you're adapting! See? I couldn't have. I tell you, you're a saint- Saint Eve! Eve: ...so if, say, Amy was disabled, you'd do things differently? You'd kill yourself? Woman: What?! Eve: Give Amy up for adoption? Woman: No! She's my baby! Eve: Run away and abandon your family? Woman: No! No!! No!! Eve: Place her in an institution? Woman: How dare you! I love Amy!! Eve: Then what would you do? Woman: I'd...I'd love her and protect her, and I'd move mountains to help her! That's how any normal parent would react! Eve: ...like me? Woman: You're so wise! Eve: Don't start.