What’s a “Flutterversary”?
(/anəˈvərs(ə)rē/), noun: the date on which an event took place in a previous year.
(/flədər/), verb: to move or fall in a manner suggestive of tremulous flight.
(/flədərvərs(ə)rē/), noun: the date on which a family discovered their child(ren) had special needs, thus becoming a “fluttering family”.
My flutterversary is July 27, 2009. And to be more precise, it was at 3:07 pm. On a Monday.
That’s the day we discovered that our precious daughter has special needs. Needs that would challenge her, and us, for the rest of our lives.
On that day, we lost everything: Our hopes, dreams, and expectations of what it meant to have a daughter. Expectations of what our life was supposed to be.
On that day, I stopped living and started merely surviving.
That day was the worst day of my life…the day that defined my future.
And I am thankful for that.
Because of that day, I know what it is like to experience true, real, intimate friendship.
Because of that day, I have purpose.
Because of that day, I am truly living.
Would I change our circumstances if I could? Absolutely.
But would I change who I am because of them? Never.