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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Faces of Hope

It is 2 am, and I am still up refining a presentation I am giving next week.  I need to have the powerpoint ready for a planning meeting tomorrow.  This presentation is one of the hardest for me.  I am one of four parents telling their story at an agency.  We have been asked to share the joys and the sorrows of our journey.
Because of this, I finally got off my duff and converted my old video tape of the ABC's 20/20 episode we were on in 2000.  I was hoping to get a second chance when they contacted me last year and wanted to profile us as a successful family.  That fell through- I guess successful doesn't sell.
In reviewing it, I found myself cringing over and over at the language used.  It was so negative.  I am still trying to load the clip up to Myspace, because they allow longer times, but in the meantime I can post the highly edited version here to show you what I mean.

From Videos

For that reason, I entitled my presentation "From Despair to Hope".  I used my graduation video and the retrospective I recently put together to balance the presentation out, as well as to illustrate one fact: we have come such a very long way. My baby is growing up, and he is going to be just fine.