MotherTalk Blog Book Tour, Day 3!

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Today’s story is about Gifts: Mother’s Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Have Enriched Their Lives, edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper.  I had already finished writing my own book when I learned about Gifts.  It was too late to include it in Road Map, so I did the next best thing–I told everyone I knew about it, and I participated in an event at our local Barnes & Noble for the book (B&N has a wonderful selection of books about special needs; CEO Steve Riggio has a daughter, Melissa, who has Down syndrome).

After the reading, I heard an announcement over the store’s intercom, “Jennifer Groneberg?  Jennifer Groneberg?  You have a phone call.”  My first thought was that it was Tom, and that something was wrong at home.  I excused myself and rushed to the nearest phone.

On the other end of the line was a grandmother who’d just learned that one of her grandchildren had Down syndrome.  She wanted a copy of Gifts for her granddaughter.  She’d tried to make it into the store that day, but couldn’t.  She was hoping I’d save a book for her and leave it with customer service, so she could pick it up later.  I told her I would.

Many months passed and I forgot about the book and the new grandbaby, until Tom and the kids and I found ourselves at the Buddy Walk.  I saw several faces I recognized, and some new ones, too.  As I made my way through the pavilion, a young woman came up to me.  She was a photographer, and she’d volunteered to document the day for the families.  She asked the names of my children, then me.  When I told her, her eyes widened.  “You’re Jennifer?” she asked.  I nodded, and she reached out and hugged me.

She was the woman with the baby whose grandmother had called the store that day, she explained.  The book I’d saved had been for her.

And now, more MotherTalk Blog Book Tour!  The winner of yesterday’s drawing for the $20 Gift Certificate is #6, ukrainemom of Pocket Lint.  Congratulations!  (And if you didn’t win, there will be another drawing today, just enter your name in the comments!)

Today’s Reviews

Jooniper from Pocket Lint writes about our friendship (is it 2 years already?) and how one of the joys of parenting a child with Down syndrome is the people who come into your life as a result.

Amy from The Fledge Farm writes about our bracelet-connection (the one from yesterday’s post) and she’s taking orders for jewelry, if you’re interested (there’s a photo of the bracelet on her site.)

Julia of I Won’t Fear Love bravely dives in to the scenes involving the 92% termination rate for prenatal diagnosis.  She raises the issue of judgement: of me feeling judged and then judging others, in turn.  She looks at many sides of this issue then takes a different path, choosing not to judge (me or “them” or anyone), but to listen.  She writes, “For this is one thing I am taking away from this book– if we are to glimpse each other’s worlds, we should do that with respect and care.” 

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18 thoughts on “MotherTalk Blog Book Tour, Day 3!

  1. It’s so neat to read about all these chance happenings! When you think “what are the odds?” of you running into this woman like that!

    I had something sort of similar happen recently. Someone was blog hopping and came across my blog, she was going through some old posts and found my Gifts post. Back in Dec she was in B&N and the book caught her eye, for no reason she could really put her finger on, she just knew she had to buy it. (I don’t think she has any connection to anyone w/Ds). She didn’t know I had a story in that book until she saw the Gifts post. How neat that she just had to pick that book up and buy it though; and then to randomly come across my blog later!

  2. I’m so excited to hear about your book! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You don’t know how much that article meant to me! I can’t wait to read your book!

  3. Now that’s the kind of story that brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations again on Roadmap…I’ve no doubt your story will continue to inspire and educate others.

  4. What a lovely story – I am glad that your bbok is getting such positive revews. I can’t wait to read my copy! And yes – please include me in the draw – I am feeling lucky!!

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