December 8, 2009
“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” Maureen O’Hara shares this perception of faith with Natalie Wood, portraying her precocious daughter, Susan, in Miracle on 34th Street, my second favorite Christmas movie. (My first is White Christmas.) Faith is something parents of children with developmental disabilities know a lot about. When our children are young we have faith that the schools they attend and the staff who work with them will have their best interests at heart and know that all children have potential, but we are usually disappointed. As our children grow we have faith that their peers and neighbors will include them as respected members of their community and value the unique qualities that they bring to the world, but we are usually disappointed. As they become adults we have faith that the society in which our children will live out their days understands their needs and accepts our common responsibility to care for our most vulnerable citizens, but we are usually disappointed. Would it be better is we just listened to common sense instead of having faith? If we did, could we get through each day, each week, each year?