by Cathy Anthony (follow-up to the original "Welcome to
I have been in
I reflect back on those years of past when I had first landed in
I worked hard. I bought new guidebooks. I learned a new language and I slowly found my way around this new land. I have met others whose plans had changed like mine, and who could share my experience. We supported one another and some have become very special friends.
Some of these fellow travelers had been in
I have discovered a community of caring.
Would life have been easier? Would it have been as rewarding? Would I have learned some of the important lessons I hold today?
Sure, this journey has been more challenging and at times I would (and still do) stomp my feet and cry out in frustration and protest.
I have come to love
I have become a world traveler and discovered that it doesn't matter where you land. What's more important is what you make of your journey and how you see and enjoy the very special, the very lovely, things that
Yes, over a decade ago I landed in a place I hadn't planned. Yet I am thankful, for this destination has been richer than I could have imagined!
Photos courtesy of http://goamsterdam.about.com 1. Windmill of Kinderkijk, Holland; Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam; Brouwergracht in Amsterdam
I would like to thank Jeanette from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) for sharing this wonderful poem.