There’s this story…and it’s kind of amazing. About this family. (I totally have the Brady Bunch theme song running through my head as I think about this). However, it’s not about two families merging, it’s not about two families that are related. Or maybe they kind of are…
One of those families is us. And the other family? Well…I’ll tell you…
Last summer I received a message from the secretary of LPBC (a fellow POLP, who was the first person I made contact with). She told me that a family from the interior of BC was moving to ‘my area’. Now…being on the island, I didn’t know if that meant they were moving to Victoria or any of the many towns that are hours north of us. She gave me their names, and after a quick search on Facebook, I fired off a message introducing myself. She replied right away saying they had just been here looking for a house to rent and found one on such and such street. After picking my jaw up from the floor, I sent her back a message telling her that… surprise! We’re pretty much neighbours. It is a 60 second drive from my door to theirs. Seriously.
An LP/POLP family moving to within minutes from me…wow. I didn’t know what to think. Lucky? Yes. Crazy? Yes! Unbelievably awesome? YES!
To make things even more awesome…their little girl, who also has achondroplasia – the same type of dwarfism as Declan, is only 18 months older than him. And (AND!) they have an older boy who is the same age as Makenna!
As a mom, new to this whole LP/dwarfism world, I have been given an amazing opportunity to get to know this family, spend time with them, have our children become friends, while getting glimpses of what’s around the corner for Declan in regards to being a little person as he grows older. And Makenna and their son? Well…they will have one another to commiserate with and relate to and hopefully grow to be good friends.
And that leaves Declan and their little girl. Oh those two! They are amazing. She hugs him and smothers him with love most chances she gets. The fact that they will have one another as they grow up and navigate this crazy, sometimes cruel, world…well I’m honestly not sure I could wish for anything better. We were out together a few days ago and I was asked if they were twins. Yes, they look alike, as most of the characteristics of someone with achondroplasia are outwardly ones… so they have similar physical features. And they’re both fair. And…well Declan is ‘huge’ in the achon baby world and she is on the petite side, so they’re pretty much the same size. Though… Declan spends his days horizontal on the ground and she’s of course walking and running around. But no, definitely not twins. But they are close, in more ways than one.
Our surprising, amazing children have brought us together. We may not be the Brady Bunch, but it definitely feels like family and this story is just beginning, I know it’s going to get better and better.