It was always unique having my birthday on Valentine's Day as both my maternal and paternal grandfather's birthday were on this day. I also had a great-grandfather whose birthday was on this day of love also. Very odd to have all these Valentine's babies in one family, but I do enjoy sharing this fact.
When I was in high school I never dated anyone seriously. I had plenty of friends that were girls, but none that I could call girlfriend. I recall one girl telling me that if my personality was different she may consider dating me and a different girl said that we might be able to date depending on what happened between her and another guy. Needless to say, I wasn't involved in the dating scene in school.
In college I was wondering if I would find anyone to share my life with. I was so much taller than everyone else and on top of that I had Marfan syndrome. I had already had open heart surgery when I was 18, right before heading to college, and didn't know what other procedures could be in the future. Why would anyone want to spend their lives with someone with these types of scars? These types of pains?
I know that many individuals that have a unique health concern can feel the same way. When you don't look like the majority and you cannot function like the majority it can become a little discouraging. I know I was discouraged, but then I met someone who loved me for who I am. Amanda knew of my health concerns and even the concerns with having children with Marfan syndrome, yet she loved me for who I was on the inside. She loved my heart, the man that I was, and because of that love for the inside, she loved the outside just the same.
So for all who may be down about themselves because of Marfan syndrome or any other unique condition please remember that you were never a mistake to God. He loves you just the way you are and He doesn't want you to change your uniqueness to try to impress people.
When you can accept yourself for who you are, then others can look at you and hopefully accept themselves. My two youngest sons have Marfan's, yet since I have embraced my uniqueness, they see that their uniqueness isn't anything to be afraid of. If dad can make it so can we!
I don't know if you had biscuits and gravy for breakfast today or if it's your birthday, but what I do know is that you were not created a mistake and all of your uniqueness will never make you less of a person.