MOORE, OKLAHOMA — There really isn’t any line drawn between old Dickinson and new, not any more.
After all it’s been several years since Wayne and Meghan took a leap of faith by adopting Macey and Marcus from a neglected orphanage in Ukraine.
“It will be four years in May,” says Meghan, to be exact.
They already had their birth children Taylor and Tanner, then Marcus and Macey.
Two years ago another child came from Ukraine, abandoned at birth on Christmas Eve.
The Dickinsons called her Mia. She is the third Downs Syndrome child who’s life was saved by this family a continent away.
“I have seen a family changed completely from what we used to be,” smiles Wayne.
“We all come together now and work as a team.” Mia is healthy now after open heart surgery.
Marcus is thriving after spinal surgery last year. Macey is a kindergartener in Moore, and, lest we forget, there is one more Dickinson kid we haven’t mentioned.
Alex Plante is the big kid at Oklahoma City Barons practices.
He’s a 6’4″ defenseman from Manitoba.
A couple of seasons ago he signed up with a program called Barons Buddies.
This season Macey Dickinson became his biggest fan.
“She seemed to take a liking to hockey,” says Alex. “So we developed a bit of a relationship away from the game.”
They shot a public service announcement recently for a campaign to remove the word ‘retarded’ from common usage.
Along the way, this tall Plante sank some new family roots in Oklahoma.
“They’re always happy,” he says of Macey and family. “They’re always loving and it’s nice to get away from the rink to see them.”
There are ugly words and there are beautiful words, words that cut and words that heal.
Macey Dickinson is still learning to say the good ones.
She has a new little sister and a big, big brother to teach her what they really mean.