Sunday, 14 July 2013

come play 'what if...' with me!

So, royal baby : girl or boy; princess or prince; pink or blue?

How often have you heard from an expectant friend 'I don't mind if it's a boy or a girl, as long as it's healthy'.  

The retort I have to bite back every time is 'And what if it's not healthy?'

I know it's one of those things people just say without thinking, but really, what if it's* not healthy?  

Would that mean you wouldn't love it*? [Have decided to assign gender to it cos the *'s are pissing me off... It's now a girl.  Officially.  Yep, you read it here first]


What if she's not healthy?  

Would that mean you wouldn't love her?

Wouldn't want her?

Would she ruin your life?

Seriously ~ what if the much anticipated baby has a disability?  A congenital heart defect; a sensory impairment; a chromosome disorder; spina bifida...  

I'm sure there has been scan after scan after scan, but not every disability has physical manifestations that can be seen on a scan, or even diagnosed after a baby has been born ~ what if in a few years  time it becomes apparent that this regal child is on the autistic spectrum; or has a relatively mild intellectual disability?

Can you imagine the impact on the political landscape if this baby has a disability?  Would the public perception of disabled children gradually alter over time do you think, with a steady stream of positive images in the media?  Or would such a child take very much a back seat and rarely appear in public?  Any thoughts?

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