Tuesday, August 11, 2009

To the Family and Loved Ones of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

God is glorified in the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

My five-year-old daughter asked today what "inclusion" meant, and I had to spotlight her own life, to show her inclusion meant that her sister Gabby (who has Down syndrome) goes to school with her, and to summer camp, and playdates, and ballet class, and . . . . well, all those things Eunice Kennedy Shriver envisioned possible. Then we got in the car, and listened to the news. I told my daughter that this special lady was just like her, with a sister who had special needs, too. Yet, this child -- my child --will never know the depth of the struggle thanks to Eunice Kennedy Shriver and those who took up her torch, and those who continue to do so today. Because of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, my two girls are just sisters in childhood, with a whole world to share.
May God bless Eunice and keep her in the palm of his hand, and may God bless your family and comfort you all at this time.

Christine Fleming


Thomas and Andrea said...


Heidi Mordhorst said...

I'm Vicki Steuerwalt's friend and charter starter, Heidi, "checking you out" as I was instructed to do. I listened to a lot of radio coverage about Eunice Kennedy Shriver last week, but your post is small set of words (and pictures) that brought it inside. Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you!