This first-person story originally appeared on Babble and is reprinted with permission.

Today, for the first time ever, I watched my 6-year-old son use his right hand.

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have no right hand? Seriously. Have you? Think about it for a second.

Maybe that’s a weird thing to think about if you’re a two-handed person. Hands are something we take for granted. But I think about it a lot because I see someone do it every day — my son Zack has a limb difference.

Image source: Jill Robbins

My husband and I adopted Zack from China when he was 2. His adoption was categorized as a special-needs adoption because “hand deformity” was listed on some paperwork. But “special needs” was never a label I applied to this child, even in my head.

Zack’s doctors call this condition symbrachydactyly. We just call it his “little hand” because that’s what it is (that, and symbrachydactyly is freaking hard to say).

Image source: Jill Robbins

We’ve never focused on what Zack can’t do because of what he can do. At almost 7, he plays soccer.

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