By rights my child should be talking by now. She’s 8 years old you see.
By rights she should be running around; climbing, jumping, falling and scraping her knee.
By rights these are skills that are just delayed.
She’ll get there in her own time, don’t fret.
Her extra chromosome is championed by those of us in the know. Though I think even we get it wrong by the examples we hold up for inspiration:
Actors, dancers, TV stars, athletes, some are even politicians. Look how much these people with their extra chromosome are contributing!
As if they need a reason to be here.
Nothing to fear they tell me; she’ll make her own way in this world like them.
By rights my child shouldn’t even be here. Such is the overwhelming view of the world to people like her.
By rights I could have deleted her life. I should have done so, according to some and by rights for which others have fought.
My choice? My right not to do that?
Of course! But you’re on your own.
Stop. Let’s go back to the beginning, where it all seems to go so wrong.
So very wrong and not at all about rights.
My child’s very existence is a cry to be loved.
She is not to be measured on a scale.
Scales of achievement that judge her, proclaiming her worth in how much she can bring to the table.
By rights she may never measure up to societal scrutiny, or even that of her own community. Who knows when or if she will talk or run?
Truthfully, she is not here by rights – for society says she has none.
She is here by love.
It is love she is attracted to. Not achieving or being the best. She has no desire to acquire more knowledge or power or fame, or the rest.
She has a desire, a need to be loved. Let’s face it, don’t we all?
She is not here by rights, she is here as a gift.
A priceless gift of discovering that to love is not always easy, but is of greater value than anything else.
Tell me…. what gift was ever a right?
“Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.”
― Jean Vanier, Becoming Human