Just a few days ago, I posted a picture of my precious baby boy without his hat on. Some wonder why it took me so long to post it. Here is my answer: I was tired of trying to hide my son, the way he was, just to make others feel comfortable. I felt like people would be scared or offended because his head didn't look like other babies. A sudden impulse, in my grieving process, told me to be proud and not worried about the thoughts of others. So, with one click, the photo of Grayson was posted.
The next morning after posting his picture, I had a huge box on my screen that said the "content" had been deleted. Already feeling down and defeated, I became furious. What "content" were they referring to? My son, Grayson James Walker, was considered to be something bad enough to delete!! I was offended, hurt beyond measure, and just angry. I told Patrick about it and immediately posted a comment about my frustration.
At that moment, I had no idea what was about to happen. I was just voicing my frustration, but it erupted into something so much bigger.!! I'm so glad it did. Why? I was able to share the most precious gift of life with thousands upon thousands of people who would have never known him otherwise. What satan meant for evil, God meant for so much good. A baby boy, imperfect in the world's eyes, touched the lives of people all over the globe. For this mistake on facebook's behalf, I've been able to share what God had intended in the first place. This avenue, through media and such has raised awareness to anencephaly and quite simply the importance of choosing life. For life is precious, and God's most precious gift.
After being interviewed by local news and our story and frustration being shared across the globe, I wondered if facebook would apologize. That's all I wanted, an apology. I didn't want to sue them, I just wanted them to allow me to do what I feel my right is...to share my baby boy with everyone else.
So today, after reading email after email, I saw it...an email from facebook. The email was an apology about removing his photo. It made mine and Patrick's day and took the burden of offense off our shoulders. That was never our intention in the first place.