But what if everybody tells you you’re in Italy?
Reflections on the “Welcome to Holland” story.
You’ve planned your amazing trip to Italy, your day finally arrives, and the plane lands. The flight stewardess says “Welcome to Italy!”
You get outside and you look around. And you say to your spouse/partner, your family, your friends “this doesn’t look like Italy,” with a puzzled expression on your face.
But everyone assures you that you are, indeed, in Italy, so, reassured, you continue on your way.
Still, as you look at all the sights to see, it still doesn’t seem to fit. You’re sure your guidebooks have different pictures. So when you meet a doctor on the path, you feel relieved. Here’s an educated and knowledgeable individual, you think. So you say to them, “Doctor, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion we’re not in Italy.”
The doctor takes a look around and says “Why, you’re quite right. We aren’t in Italy. But we are in France. If you just keep walking along this path, you’ll climb over the mountains and be in Italy, just like you planned.”
And again, you’re relieved. So you continue along the path, and the doctor travels with you.
But something happens to the path as you walk. Instead of climbing up into the mountains, you walk down onto flood plains.
Wide eyed, you turn to the doctor. “Doctor, I am convinced we are not in Italy.”
And the doctor finally has to admit “Yes, you’re right. This whole time you’ve been in Holland. Not in Italy, and not in France.”
But as the original story says, it’s not a horrible place. It’s just not the place where you expected to be.
The problem is not his eyes at all, and yes, he’s developmentally delayed, but not for the reasons they thought. He had an MRI last week and they discovered that his brain did not develop fully – it’s not wrinkly enough. Good thoughts for his family will be well appreciated.