poems are from the book: "Ben jij dat meisje met dat debiele broertje".
The title means: 'Are you the sister of that retarded brother'
Jan has a son who is mentally disabled, he has Down Syndrome.
Jan has written two little books.
In these books there are short stories and poems about his son.
Er is op je gerekend
op je gerekend,
de mond, de neus
gezegt wat je al wist
wordt anders vanaf dat moment.
wel eens geteld,
Moet je maar eens opletten,
Onder de groep,
Die we voor het gemak zo graag
‘de verstandelijke gehandicapten’ noemen,
nog de meest normale mensen,
wedden dat ik gelijk heb…?
Did you ever count
how many real normal people
are crossing your paths every day?
- of course not counting yourself in-
Really, I can count them
on the fingers of one hand.
Actually there are,
you pay attention,
within the group,
that we call 'mentally disabled'
the most normal people
Bet I am right?
hadden mogen kiezen,
vrienden, er viel niets tegen te kiezen.
gekomen, op zijn eigen plek
If we had a choice
And this would not surprise you,
our son would be ordinary,
and certainly not so very special
But friends, there was nothing to choose
We just were in a 'happy' time
Expecting, we didn't mind what,
a boy or a girl.
A 'special' cute boy,
or a 'special' beautiful girl,
And that he became special,
we noticed after a very short time.
Pig-headed, he came, in his own place
And maybe that is the most special,
He is so much 'ordinary' that we
are amazed by it.
whatever is wrong with you,
And maybe that is it what hurts,
That you always want a human being,
to be an 'ordinary' person.
zoon kwam en het is ongelogen,
Our son came, and it is no lie,
then there were always people,
who forgot to congratulate you,
only because of the position of his eyes
We made a flash movie about the last poem.
You can watch it here: Met Blijdschap....