Welcome to Holland

October 4, 2011

Embracing Life

Licensed under Creative Commons

Licensed under Creative Commons

In celebration of Respect Life Month, I’m posting this poem called Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley. Her son, Jason, was born with Down syndrome in 1974. She wrote this piece to explain what it is like to have a child with special needs. The author also wrote Sesame Street episodes–making sure to include puppets and actors with disabilities. She won 12 daytime Emmys and helped others to embrace life.

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About Kathy Schneeman

After graduating from The College of St. Thomas, I taught at Nativity in St. Paul until our oldest was just about born in the classroom (What a great lesson on life that would have been for my students!) I then became a stay-at-home-mom while teaching religious education classes and working very part time at UST. Recently, I served as the Archdiocese's Life Coordinator in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life until twins arrived (I was almost 43!) When I have a few minutes of quiet time, I like to run, eat chocolates, scones and Mexican food (that's why I run), read, and have a beverage with my husband at night. We have a whopping nine kids (yes...same husband and same wife; we get that question a lot!) and we attend St. Joseph's in West St. Paul--where we first met when we were in grade school.

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