Holland or Italy: Just Passing Through

Dear Lindsey,

Emily Perl Kingsley wrote an essay in 1987 called, “Welcome to Holland.”  In the writing, she analogizes what it is like to have a special needs child. She describes it as if you are planning a trip to Italy.  While you are anxiously awaiting the cuisine, the Tuscan views, and the beautiful art, you save money, prepare the bags and buy the plane tickets. However, after the plane lands, a flight attendant makes an announcement, “Welcome to Holland.” Continue reading