Monday, 3 June 2013

From Canada : Dayenu (It would have been enough)

Another amazing story, full of adventure and hope with a brilliant ending...

Dayenu (It would have been enough)
One of my favourite songs as a kid, was called "Dayenu (catchy tune)." Dayenu means "It would be sufficient." The song marks the Jewish people's rise and escape from slavery to salvation. The song goes something like this: If God only punished our tormenters in Egypt (who forced us to be slaves), that would have been enough. If he only led us out of slavery/Egypt, that would have been enough. If he only gave us a homeland, that would be enough. The song goes on to mention many things God gave the Jews, even though one would have been enough, he gave them all of them!
Dr. Shivani's clinic here in New Dehli and what it has given me, reminds me exactly of this song, for:
1) If they only gave me one child, any child, healthy or otherwise, that would have been enough.
2) if they only gave me one child, that would have been enough.
3) If they would have give me twins and one was unhealthy, that would have been enough.
4) if they gave me twins and they were the same gender, that would have been enough.
5) If I left with a child and didn't feel a forever bond with the other parents and a belonging to a very special group, that would have been enough.
6) If I came home with a child, but didn't have the most amazing story and adventure of all parents in the world and how we finally met 16,000 kilometres away and our incredible stay in a foreign land, with hundreds of friends and family waiting at the airport for your eventual arrival, that would have been enough.
7) If I came home with a child, but never felt I go back to have another child, that would be enough.
8) If as a single male bringing home twins, I would never have an effect on future males wanting to have children or have an effect on people's views of parenting roles around the world forever more, that would be enough.
But you see, this clinic gave me all these things. My name is Steven Mintz and I from Canada. 
After so many failures and heartbrakes with other clinics, I came here and on the first try was the lucky father of twins. Their names are Ryan and Emily-Rose, a boy and a girl, and are two very healthy children. I feel as part of group and bond with other parents here as we all share the same hopes and dreams when we arrive here. That's not something I have felt at home before. The adventure here in India has just begun and it is part of the story I am collecting of their births to give to them on their 16th birthday (traditional big birthday in Canada). I know I could come back if needed too, and recommend to all my friends having difficulty conceiving a child which are many. But mostly, the last one, I will have a positive impact on stereotypical gender roles regarding children worldwide and for generations to come. And that would have been enough!
As always, we wish this family the choicest of blessings.
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  1. Congrats !!! I can't wait to start my process with SCI !!! ;)

  2. What a lovely lovely story. Well done Dr S and of course SCI angels