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When We Wondered...

The following poem was written by the mother of a Bar Mitzvah boy with Down syndrome and sent along with the simcha invitations

When We Wondered…

If only we could have heard him say is Brochos out loud and so proud…
When we wondered if we would ever have Yiddish nachas.

If only we could have heard his laughter at his own sense of humor…
When we wondered if we would ever laugh again.

If only we could have heard some of his amazing 'chochmos; that shock us at his understanding…
When we wondered how much he would ever understand.

If only we could have felt joy bubbling out of him and overflowing as he dances at a chasuna…
When we wondered if he would only bring us sadness.

If   only we could have seen his pride when putting on his Tefillin for the first time…
When we   wondered if he'll ever do Mitzvos.

If only we could have seen him daven his own special 'nussach' from a siddur with such fervor…
When we wondered if he would ever learn how to read.

If only we could have been knocked down by his bear hugs when he is so excited to see us…
When we wondered if he would always be so weak.

If only we could have seen him be in the same school, with all his siblings…
When we wondered if he would ever feel a sense of belonging in the community.

Thank you Hashem, for all your tremendous chesed,
For now we are aware of the things people usually take for granted.

This article first appeared in issue 13 of DSAU

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