March 1, 2013 by JoyInTheStorms
“Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron saint, Matthew.”
“Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron saint…give her Gerrard. He’s used to profanity.”
Finally, God passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a handicapped child.”
The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”
“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a handicapped child a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel?”
“But has she patience?” asks the angel.
“I don’t want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she’ll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has his own world. She has to make it live in her world and that’s not going to be easy.”
“But, Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”
God smiles. “No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect, she has just enough selfishness.”
The angel gasps, “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”
God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoke word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says “momma” for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or a sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see…ignorance, cruelty, prejudice…and allow her to rise about them. She will never e alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my design.?
“And what about her patron saint?” asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.
God smiles. “A mirror will suffice.”
(By Erma Bombeck)
Pictured is my nephew, Travis, who was born with many birth defects. His mom, my sister Regina, was so strong and is the reason my nephew has been able to overcome many of the things he had to deal with in his life. She was strong for him and for us.