Welcome to Society, by Erin Hanson
Erin Hanson is a wonderfully, talented poet. She has a way of making us become introspective while simultaneously nudging us to look beyond ourselves.
I love her poetry because her poems resonate with different times of my life. Her words are like a good friend who goes with you to places that have caused you pain; holding your hand, saying “But honey look at you now. You are so much better than this”.
Now that I’m a mother to young people who are trying to find their place in society; I am aware of how easily my children can be built up or torn down by expectations placed on them by others or even by me.
These words are also very poignant as I reflect on the lives of people with disabilities and how we set ourselves as the standard that they must achieve in order to be “Welcomed to Society”.