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of Handicapped Children are Chosen
Beth; son; patron saint, Matthew. Forrest, Marjorie; daughter; patron
saint, Cecilia. Finally he passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her
a handicapped child."
"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a handicapped child a mother who does not know laughter?"
"But has she patience?" asks the angel.
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."
God smiles, "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect.
She has just enough selfishness."
The angel gasps, "Selfishness?
"If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never
survive. Yes, there 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 'spoken word. She will never consider a 'step'
ordinary. When her child says 'Mama' 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 above them. She will never be alone. I
will be at her side every minute of every day of her life."
"A mirror will suffice."