Written as a continuation of “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. My point of view as a parent mourning the loss of a child with special needs. This won’t make sense you have not read the above “Welcome to Holland”
So, you were expecting a trip to Italy and got re-routed to Holland. It seemed to take a while but you became accustom to Holland, it’s terms, technology, and expectations. Some would even say that you have become an advocate for trips to Holland, an ambassador if you will. You started making plans and expectations for your future in Holland. You could even say you are excited for what the future holds for your stay.
You awake one morning to realize that your trip to Holland has come to an unexpected end. You have come to LOVE Holland, and now you are being told to leave? You had plans, things left to do and see, but you have to leave. You have made friends, contacts, and started Welcoming Committees for new comers, but it is time to leave.
You leave Holland with wonderful memories of the tulips, the first windmill you saw, the beautiful Rembrants you got to see, and who could forget the wooden shoes. You will take with you amazing memories of your stay in Holland, although unplanned and unexpected, it was an AMAZING trip. You have made equally amazing friends, that will remain friends long after you trip is over. You will continue to be an advocate for Holland, knowing that a stay there will forever change your life. You will continue to support others making an unexpected trip to Holland, assuring them that they too, will have a trip of a lifetime.
However long or short your stay, you will realize that you are so very thankful for the unexpected turn of events that lead you to Holland. You leave, hoping that you help make Holland a better place than when you arrived. Then you realize, you might be leaving Holland, but Holland will, for the rest of your life, be apart of you.
In loving memory of Kade M. Bauman 02/07/08 – 10/14/2011
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