A Valentine for My Daughter Shannon

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Teddy Bears & Friends!, 9-Feb-2013 – thank you!

Featured in Just For You – Dedications, 11-Feb-2013

Top Ten Winner in Hearts for You Challenge, spot 7, group Just For You – Dedications, 15-Feb-2013

Featured in Shopfronts and Street Markets, 16-Feb-2013

My oldest daughter is 28 years old. She is autistic and loves white teddy bears. Every time I ask her what she wants for Christmas or her birthday or for Valentine’s Day, and she will always say a big white teddy. When I was shopping at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne NJ on 2-Feb-2013, I came into the Hallmark store and saw this huge adorable fluffy white teddy bear. It made me think of my daughter and I wished I could get it for her and smother her with valentine gifts – she has such simple joy.

Valentine’s day is special to me because it was on Valentine’s Day in 1992 when she was 7 years old that she finally started speaking. The doctors had told me that if she did not talk by the time she was 5 years old she never would, but I never gave up hope and kept taking her to speech, movement and dance therapy, anything I thought might help. I had also taught her sign language. That day when she came home from school she literally ran around the house touching things and then pointing to me to say what the name was. it was like it finally clicked with her. So every Valentine’s day I rejoice that amazing miracle that occurred in her life that day.

I am thankful for her and her life and how God has blessed me with her. I of course wish she could be healed and be able to function like a normal person, but someday in heaven I will see that and be able to really communicate with her.

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