New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
16 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, April 21,1995Adoption is long journey with a wonderful destination
DEAR ABBY: A few years ago, you printed an essay titled "Welcome to Holland" by Emily Peri Kingsley. The subject was having a child with Down syndrome.
Enclosed is an article my daughter, Diane Armitage, wrote, inspired by "Welcome to Holland." Her message is directed to childless couples who are considering adoption. (Diane and her husband are the parents of two adopted children.)
Perhaps you will consider it worth publishing.
KATHRYN REINALDO BLAIRSTOWN, N.J.
DEAR KATHRYN: Tm
delighted to share what your daughter wrote, and I'm sure many readers will appreciate its insight:
DIFFERENT TRIPS TO THE SAME PLACE
Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia. You've heard it's a wonderful place, you've read many guidebooks and feel certain you're ready to go. Everyone you know has traveled there by
J dane. They say it can be a turbu-ent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.
So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Aus
tralia. Ail around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you'll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait - and wait - and wait.
Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like, "Relax. You'll get on a flight soon." Other people actually get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry, "It's not fair!"
After a long time the ticket agent tells you, "I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat."
"By boatl" you say. "Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going bv plane." So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than bv air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful
place, and finally you decide to travel by boat.
It is a long trip, many months over many rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia. Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three mon1 times, marveling about each trip.
Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather than by air.
People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are able to travel only once, perhaps
you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.
DEAR ABBY: Regarding the letter in which a reader is constantly quizzed about an unmarried son (“How come ‘John’ isn’t married?”): My stock response works very well. I reply, “Why should he marry and make one woman miserable,
when he can remain single and make IO women happy?”
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twice. Some say things like, "Oh, be glad you didn't fly. My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy."
You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still, you know God blessed
Dennis Harborth, president of the New Braunfels Girls Softball Association, accepts a $3,000 donation from Sonny Ebert, employee of Sunbelt Cement Inc. The NBGSA would like to thank Bill Hopper and Clifton Stapleton of Sunbelt for the donation.
Deal will send Guadalupe water to San Antonio
Several regional water entities signed an agreement with the intention of developing an alternate source of water for Bexar County and the San Antonio area.
As reported several months ago, the plan would basically bnng water from the Guadalupe River via pipeline to the northern suburbs of San Antonio, inl-cuding military installations, which currently use groundwater from the Edwards Aquifer.
Organizations involved include the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA), San Antonio River Authority (SARA), San Antonio Water System (SAWS), Bexar Metropolitan Water District (BMWD) and Canyon Regional Water Authority (CRWA).
The Guadalupe River water is supposed to help alleviate some of the need for Edwards Aquifer water.
“An resulting transfer of water is contingent upon passage of an Edwards Aquifer Authority bill during the Texas Legislature’s current session. A regulatory authority that will meet Department of Justice voting nghts requirements, protect the aquifer, assure minimum springflows at the Comal and San Marcos Springs, and protect the flows in the Lower Guadalupe River Basin, is an absolute must,” said Bill West, GBRA general manager.
“This letter provides a framework for us to develop a plan that will respond to the instructions from the federal courts, the elements of the court-appointed monitor’s incidental take permit application, and the studies and findings available to date from the Trans-Texas Water Program," said SARA General Manager Fred Pfeiffer in a statement
All water concerns in the area are under the cloud of a four-year-old federal suit. A federal judge and his appointed water monitor have been looking at ways to reduce the demand on pumping of the aquifer.
"The immediate effect of this document will be the introduction of the .first substantial quantity of surface water into the City of San Antonio,” said Joe Moore, the water monitor, in a statement from the signing conference. “...(and) should also assure surface water to the military bases in Bexar County at the earliest possible date, and relieve them of the Endangered Species Act Section 7(a) consultation when they have an opportunity to add to their missions.”
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