Through Rose Coloured Glasses
Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins were excited to learn they were about to add a new member to their family. The British couple went to their nine-week scan and that’s when they discovered that their unborn child had a huge medical problem. The scan showed that the baby’s heart was outside of its body. Doctors told the couple that the child’s chance of survival was almost nil and that they should terminate the pregnancy. This birth defect is called ectopia cordis and is extremely rare. It occurs in fewer than eight of every million live-birth babies.
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of flowers, candies and expressions of love, however February 14th was also my Dad’s birthday. Because of that, it is always a little bittersweet for me. He has been gone now for over twenty years, yet the void is still there on his special day. It is on this day on which I think of Dad the most out of any other day of the year.
Perhaps it is because my son is getting married in a couple weeks or maybe it’s just a case of the January blues, but I have been feeling melancholy and even weepy the last little while. A case in point is this week-end when I was cleaning out my closet (part of my new year’s resolution to declutter my life over the next 365 days). Hanging up high on a shelf was a huge tissue flower my son had made for me years ago, when he was probably in grade 4 or 5.