"Dear Ann: My husband is John A. Massimilla pastor of the United Methodist Charge, Magnolia, Del. We have a severely retarded daughter.
A few years ago you printed a poem I wrote about such children. As a result, we received many letters from parents of retarded children, and have carried on a heartwarming correspondence with these parents-- hopefully giving them reassurance.
The poem, "Heaven's Very Special Child," was written purely through inspiration from a greater power. We would like to share these words once again with your readers. It can mean so much if parents learn to see their retarded child as a blessing and a special person. "
HEAVEN'S VERY SPECIAL CHILD
A meeting was held quite far from Earth!
Its time again for another birth.
Said the angels to the Lord above,
This Special Child will need much love.
His Progress may be very slow,
Accomplishment he may not show.
And he'll require extra care
From the folks he meets down there.
He may not run or laugh or play;
His thoughts may seem quite far away.
In many things he won't adapt
And he'll be known as handicapped.
So lets be careful where he's sent.
We want his life to be content.
Please, Lord, find the parents who
will do a special job for you.
They will not realize right away
The leading roll their asked to play.
But with the child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge so meek and mild
Is Heaven's Very Special Child
by Edna Massimilla