Shadows

I was watching Dinosaur Train with my son on TV this afternoon. And while I mindlessly stared at the show, half paying attention, half thinking about holiday shopping — I was caught off guard by a surprisingly profound moment in dialogue.

The kid dinosaurs went on a camping trip with the mommy and daddy dinosaur (I promise this is going somewhere.) They were a bit scared as first-time campers can be — it was dark, there were strange noises and spooky shadows lurked outside their tent’s sheer walls.

Then suddenly, a large shadow appeared on the tent. Like a hand puppet in a flashlight beam, it grew and grew until it almost took up the whole tent. The kids were terrified — what kind of large, scary creature was lurking outside?

And then, it came into the light. And the shadow dissipated. And what they thought was a scary creature ended up being a harmless little hoppy frog. Ribbit.

Then the kid dinosaur said something like, “See — it’s not a big deal at all, we were just looking at the shadow.”

And isn’t it true with all things in life? It’s so easy to get caught up on the partial-view, the dark parts, the scary scenes through a sheer tent wall. When in reality — most things, when brought into the full light, are much more manageable. And suddenly, our fears turn into frogs.

Many of you beautiful readers shared wonderful comments when I posted my recent video about Kate on my blog Facebook page.

I hope that through this blog — and through her life — she can be a source of light to parents who are overcome by the shadows of a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.

And when 9 out of 10 babies with Down syndrome are aborted, we have a lot of fears to turn into frogs.

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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