Well, I now know the value of my six-year-old daughter, who happened to be born with Down syndrome. According to a jury in Portland, OR, $2.94 Million dollars.
That’s the award given to a couple who sued the Legacy Health clinic there for “wrongful birth” saying that, given the high likelihood their child would be born with Ds, they had a test given called a CVS (Chorionic villus sampling) that shows with 99.7% accuracy the presence of Ds in the child’s chromosomes. The test came back negative. The child was born. The child has Ds.
Read the full story of the verdict here. Continue reading The Value of an Imperfect Child (caution, rant ahead!)
I’m looking out the window of my room this morning.
Man, it needs to be cleaned.
I was using this quiet time to do a little reflection, a little meditation.
I began to wonder if that dirty window was somehow a metaphor for my life, my mind, my worldview at the moment.
I wondered if I was being told that, in order to see the beauty beyond what was right in front of me, I needed to clean off what was clouding the view of the “lens” I use to see with; be that my mindset, my priorities, my prejudices, my vices.
Then I began to wonder if I wasn’t supposed to see the beauty in things beyond what was right in front of me in spite of what may be clouding the view.
After all . . . the view is still there. It just depends on your focus.