Danielle Alvarado 

Special Needs Consultant & Advocate


welcome to holland

Posted by Danielle Alvarado on May 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM



Emily Perl Kingsley.

c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

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."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

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.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

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."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

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.


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Reply Bratto
7:49 PM on July 25, 2012 
To Whom it concern....

This is a letter that is about a miracle. This miracle has blessed many hearts. This miracle is a that parted the sea of depression and hoplessness and gave a path to those who lost thier way. The miracle that was not born into who she was but worked hard to be our White Light. She did not find her calling for years until it came to her. This calling was helping the disabled and there parents. This Miracles name was Danielle Alvarado. Everyone who has lost faith or has given up "STOP" because there is always hope the " The Night is always darkest just before the dawn" and that dawn is Danielle Alvarado. Just call her. Its better to risk everything then to hold on to nothing. Honestly you have nothing to lose and everthing to gain. I have always live in to this crazy life but to me this is normal. She has made many lives better. To all of you who have fallen. She has taught me the most important thing of all........

"WHY DO WE FALL?"........


Thank Danielle Alvarado you have changed my life........