I look back on these words I wrote about Penny so many years ago in A Good and Perfect Gift, and I think, Yes. That’s it.
I was no longer willing to trust the experts who tried to tell me exactly how she would be slowed down, or to what degree. Instead, I was willing to wait and see. I didn’t have specific expectations for her athletic endeavors as a teenager or her college degree or her spouse. I simply expected that over and over again, I would be surprised, and delighted, by our daughter. (p. 197)
I don’t know what to expect, but I know to expect good things. Expect joy. Expect love. Expect wonder.
I also know to expect struggle. And heartbreak. And anger.
I expect Penny to be human, with all the pain and beauty and sorrow and delight of our humanity.
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