Too often people see a child with special needs and cluck their tongues, tilt their heads, and give the parents a “gee, that’s too bad” or “oh I’m so sorry.” No need for any of that, says Colin Farrell, handsome Irish lad and my vote for dad of the year based on his thoughts and feelings regarding his son, James.
James suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing developmental disability, sleep disturbance and seizures. It’s unfortunate when anyone, especially a child, has to suffer in any capacity. But Colin is quick to let the world know that while it’s not easy, there’s no need for your “poor thing” remarks:
“It’s not a sad story because James has a really happy life,’ he adds. ‘He’s one of the two greatest things that has happened to me, and there is something a little bit different when your child is born with a level of adversity. There’s a deep sense not only of love, but respect, admiration and also fear, because you learn to take nothing for granted. There have been some tough times — I’ve run through hospital corridors with James in my arms when he was having a seizure — but also some amazing moments. Seeing your child take his first steps is a seminal moment for any parent. But if you’ve been told there’s a chance your child will never walk, those first steps go off into a whole different realm.”
Just because he’s a “lothario” (Daily Mail headlines brought to you by Harlequinn) doesn’t mean he has trouble committing to his kids. And in Hollywood, where there are Dina Lohans and Charlie Sheens and whoever is responsible for Courtney Stodden, there aren’t nearly enough Jennifer Garners, it’s nice to see a dad who truly loves his kid and has no qualms about starting up a public dialogue on kids with special needs.