Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes for December 30, 2007
Sophie: How do you stand your life? Eve: Excuse me? Sophie: All those kids, and Seth! How do you do it?! Eve: I love my kids. This helps me stand them. Why? Sophie: I'm worried about... I don't want a disabled kid! I don't want autism or down syndrome or anything! Is one perfect baby too much to ask?! Sob! Eve: Calm down, Sophie. Most likely, your baby's fine. The odds are in your favor - Sophie: Yours, to. Yet you got Seth. Eve: True. But he's made me a better mother. I'm less selfish, and my other kids are more accepting of differences. Our life is hard, but - Sophie: Don't say it's normal! Your life is not normal! Eve: For us it is. If you end up with a disabled child, you'll have a new normal, too - Sophie: I don't want that! Eve: No one does, you self-absorbed twit! Not me, not you, not - Sophie: I can't handle it, and I don't want it! Drop it! Eve: Fine. But blessings come in many packages. Autism is just one of them.