This "story" was used when we went to the sign-language course in Norway. Coming from Holland takes some of the power away of course, but the mesage was / is clear.
At the time, it was unknown who wrote it, and I'm glad that I found out who did.
(btw... Do a Google on Emily Perl Kingsley and there's lots.. on Wikipedia and this site e.g. )
Here it is...
Welcome To Holland
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.
Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
And to finish with another quote:
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door, that we do not see the one which has been opened.”
p.s. may 2008 ... I found a follow-up on "Welcome to Holland"... "Celebrating Holland - I'm home"