Monday, March 28, 2011

I Wasn’t Surprised

this month, I share another poem my wife wrote:  


I Wasn’t Surprised

         that it would be me,
out of all the other moms I knew,
to come face to face with the world of
Autism, seizures and sensory disorders.
The journey has led me
down a unique path,
that has forever altered my views
of children, development, parenthood,
the environment, our world
and the definition of family.
Life has never let me
live in the mainstream.
Why then should I be surprised
that my family may not be so typical either?
I don’t know that woman
who dreamed of the perfect family.
But, I know well,
the woman who persevered,
who dove into research, and faith,
who tested the core of a marriage.
I know the woman
who has seen death,
who has seen life,
who has seen a miracle in her boy,
the woman whose heart breaks at every phone call
from a mom in fear
grieving a new diagnosis,
who can finally say
she has seen the other side,
who champions early intervention
and can stand for hope.
I know that woman well,
and will trust her always.



Jennie Linthorst is an expressive writing coach and the founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. She works privately with parents and caregivers of children with special needs helping them tell their stories and heal through reading and writing poetry and personal essays. Jennie coaches clients all across the country and around the world via phone, Skype, e-mail, in addition to in person meetings.  Jennie tells her own story of mothering a special needs child in her book of poems, “A Mother’s Journey”.  Her family’s story is captured in the award-winning documentary film, “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story”.

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  1. Beautiful. I was surprised to be that mom, but am finding my new identity and the voice that goes with it.

  2. Thank you for another voice that shares the space we live in... it's nice not to feel alone.