Currently #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kim Edward’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a complex mystery of one man’s struggle with a tragic, split second decision to change his family’s history forever. When David Henry delivers his twin babies on a snowy night in 1964, there is no mistaking his daughter’s slanted eyes and flattened facial features. Recognizing the signs of Down’s Syndrome, Dr. Henry hands the child to his nurse, Caroline Gill, and instructs her to take the baby to an institution. When Norah Henry, his beautiful, young wife awakes, he tells her their daughter has died. Never healed from his own sister’s premature death as a child, David Henry wants to insure that his wife and child will live sheltered from a harsh world. What he realizes too late, is that his decision will rip their family apart permanently.
One of the reasons I loved this story is that my cousin Lacy is handicapped. Lacy was born with Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that is caused by a mutation in a gene and chromosome. Lacy, now 20, funtions the same as she did at the age of 12 months. We love Lacy, and my family wouldn’t be the same if she had never lived or had been given away. Lacy reminds us at every Thanksgiving, every Holiday, of innocence and joy, as she watches her favorite Sesame Street videos. I wonder what she thinks, below those deep brown eyes, and rare tiny smile. Some people wonder why God would create a handicapped person. “How cruel” I’ve heard. But I like to believe and wonder– Lacy could know Jesus deeper than any of us. Imagine the peace and faith He must give her, deep in her heart and mind, that He’s there taking care of her.
I can’t wait to hang out with Lacy in heaven someday.