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‘I opened the gate to drive my mower out, and there he was. Spinning donuts on my lawn. ‘Gosh, that’s so nice, what a huge help!,’ I thought. ‘I’m not really doing it alone.’

“This is my neighbor, Ari. He knows my situation, with Matt being deployed and everything that’s on my plate. He’s the one that calls when it looks like things aren’t going well over here; the one that wheels my trash to the curb if I forget; the one that mows my lawn when he has time.” 

‘Umm, I’m busy right now,’ he said. I describe my 11-year-old as a slug of a boy. He was playing on the family laptop, wearing sweatpants, on the sofa, feet on the coffee table.’: Father realizes he’s never been ‘prouder’ of his son

“‘No, you’re not,’ I said. There was a fight, moaning, excuses… the usual. He looked at me with flat eyes, his hood up, shoulders slumped, and said, ‘Why do we have to do this?’ The next day, my wife sent me this picture.”

‘I know you said ‘no’ to terminating, but no one would blame you.’ A long needle pierced my pregnant belly.’: Military couple give birth to ‘beautiful’ Down syndrome baby, ‘she drew her first breath, our lives changed forever’

“I laid on that cold hospital bed in that dark ultrasound room, shaking from nerves. ‘Having kids is hard. Having kids with special needs is harder.’ He approached my case with absolutely no care in the world. When Brian came home on Christmas leave, we broke away from family. ‘Babe, they found things wrong with the baby.’ I had no idea how I was going to tell him. He missed it all. He had no clue.”

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