Sometimes you see something so often that you stop recognizing it's power.
This is how I feel about Emily Perl Kingsley's poem Welcome to Holland. I was first introduced to this piece while in graduate school and was struck by it's simple but powerful message. But as the years (more than I like to count) passed and I repeatedly ran across the same piece at conferences and other venues, the repeated exposure caused it to loose some of it's power (in my mind at least).
Last week, I was talking to some new parents and they mentioned how much peace they felt after reading this piece. I reread it, imaging it through their eyes, and I again realized what a powerful, timeless piece this truly is.
Ms. Perl Kinglsey's inspiration for this poem was her son Jason, an author in his own right, who has Down Syndrome. She discusses her poem and the reactions to it in this interview on the Creative Parents website.
Have you seen this piece? What what your reaction to it?