Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The Miracle of Life. (Children's Page)

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The Miracle of Life. (Children's Page)

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What is a miracle? I define it as a rare event that--despite any adversity--has occurred, for reasons beyond human control. The definition of a miracle can also include my twin sisters, Robyn and Ellen.

I remember walking up the steps to my house on September 18, 1986. I was 5 years old then and a typical innocent boy. As I went into the house, a feeling of solitude ran through my body. Where was my mother? There was a fading silence as the pounding of my heart became louder and faster. Slowly, as I approached the kitchen, my eyes grew wide as I found my grandmother standing there, purse in hand.

She grabbed my hand and we dashed to the car. On the way she gave me the news of which I understood just three words: Mom in hospital. At that age, I only knew that the hospital meant something bad. That was the longest car ride I had ever experienced. I felt overwhelmed when we arrived at the hospital. It was bustling with activity.

After an elevator ride and a short walk that felt like an odyssey, we arrived at my mother's room. I wondered, "Is she all right? What will I see?" I twisted the knob and slowly pushed the door open. Straight ahead, in the room, was my mother dressed in a nightgown and my father sitting alongside her. Everything seemed okay. I felt her joy as she watched me come toward her.

I really couldn't comprehend all she said, but I did understand a couple of things: I was the brother of twin sisters; they were very small and sick; and I couldn't see them yet. …

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