Sometimes I Forget….

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Sometimes I forget that our son has Down syndrome. It’s easy to be distracted by his two year old tantrums, his mischievous smile and go getter attitude. Gabe is kind hearted but stubborn. He immediately runs to check on sister when she is having a dramatic, I’m four and the world is over, meltdown. He will climb onto your lap randomly and stretch his little fingers up to stroke your cheek, just to say I love you.

He also destroys things. Opens drawers, pulls things out, throws them on floor. When you confront him, he ducks his head and looks up from under his eyebrows with a sort of sorry smirk. He helps pick up, sometimes, or wanders off to destroy something else. He loves music, he will start to dance the second he hears it. He absolutely cannot resist participating in a round of Itsy Bitsy, or Twinkle Twinkle, no matter how upset he may have been seconds before. Gabe can make music from anything, even the fireworks during the Fourth of July celebration.

Sometimes I forget, because Gabe is just that, Gabe. When I look at him I don’t see Down syndrome, I see my son, Abi’s brother, a sweet, willful, determined little boy.

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Sometimes I forget, and that makes it even harder when someone reminds me in a not so kind way….

Like the cashier that gave me sad eyes and spit poison in a whisper,

“I bet you wish you had known before he came out. You know they have a test for that now…”

Shock, horror, hurt and fury coursed through my body. I considered jerking her over the register and beating her senseless. I looked her up and down, I could take her….

Instead I used whit: I smiled a crazy lady smile “I know right?! It’s so much harder to get rid of them once they come out. Believe ME I’ve tried…” Jackpot! Her mouth dropped open and she stared at me in shock. I leaned over the register and whispered to her,

“What you’re saying is that it’s okay for me to kill him while he’s inside, but not outside? In my book there isn’t a difference. For the record, we knew EVERYTHING about him during my pregnancy. He is our son now and he was our son then. There is no way in hell that I would let any harm come to either of my children. Including during the time that they’re so ridiculously considered disposable.

I had forgotten, that sometimes other people don’t immediately see Gabe, they see a “downs kid”. They see poor parents and a burdened sister. I sometimes forget until I glance up and see the pity in their eye, or hear the ignorant comments in not so hushed whispers.

I sometimes forget that it’s not their fault. They just DONT KNOW.

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I sometimes forget that, that was me once too. What I knew about Down syndrome before we had Gabe, was what I’d learned from my nursing text books. It was only enough to leave me sobbing hysterically and envisioning a listless, immobile, incapable child.

Because I sometimes forget, is why months like October are so important to me. It gives our community a chance to spread awareness, to educate the public, to debunk the myths that are out there and show our children in a different light. It gives us a chance to move forward from just awareness to acceptance, so when were out in public and we are so taken by our children that we forget, that we aren’t reminded and shocked by the ignorance of others.

Sometimes Its easy to forget that our kids have Down syndrome. To us their just Gabe or AJ or Gavin or Max or Maddie. And that’s how it should be, and will be, if we continue to bring awareness and fight for acceptance; not just in October, but every day of the year.

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138 thoughts on “Sometimes I Forget….

      • Hi that’s a beautiful story but sad that’s it has to be true, I remember being looked at very strangely when I told a women about my daughter who “used to have Down syndrome” it took me a while to explain to her and sadden me I had to. XX incidentally she is actually called Maddie and was 10 on October the 3rd.

  1. Way to go. I have had those comments said about our Abi. She is “just Abi ” in our world. I forgot how cruel the real world can be. I so have to remember that comment. Huge hugs to your hadsome little guy. ♡♡♡

    • Katie, I’m so sorry that you have heard things that hurt your mommy heart! I think that there are cruel people in the world, but I also think there is a lot of ignorance. People who just don’t know and don’t understand…

  2. I like your response and I hope this was a teachable moment for this person, but what she said was absolutely inappropriate and extremely unprofessional. I do not like people to lose their jobs because of a lapse of judgment, but in this case one of two things needs to happen: 1. the employee needs sensitivity training (yuck, but sometimes necessary) or at least a meeting in the manager’s office; 2. the employee should not be working directly with the public. If you are worried that the cashier would lose her job, you should still notify her employer about the situation, but not name names. The employer needs to be aware that one of his or her employees is making inappropriate remarks to customers. This time, it was comment to a parent of a special-needs child, next time it could be a racist or homophobic comment. The business should not lose customers because of an insensitive employee. If I was a business owner or manager, I would certainly want to know about this incident.

  3. This is an amazing story. Some of the most kind hearted and compassionate children I have ever met have downs. They are not their birth defect. I would even call it a defect. They are a blessing. They are amazing souls who deserve to not be judged by people who are ignorant to what Down syndrome really is. To choose to not have that chile is not a choice to so many people.

  4. What a phenomenal person you are and how on this one day in your life you were able to let this person know how small her mind was to life. I believe there is no extra chromosome but I do believe we have one less.

    • With s oooo much respect to you and your courage….I often use the R word..more in context to myself when my moods are out of whack….I know a lot of people hate that particular word because it’s been s oooo associated with down syndrom… when I see special needs children that word R does not even flow through my mind…it’s when people like the cashier make judgements or comments like that that the word R I find absolutely true!!! Because it’s not the special needs who are R…that word is and rightfully should be used to those who make very ignorant comments and slurs . So if ever faced with taking that word to heart…remember…you don’t have to…because it’s meant for those who are ignorant and blind sided in arrogance… after giving birth to my youngest the nurse informed me she was running test for downs…when it came back negative she said that I looked like I had downs too…I never answered to her comment and still to this day am confounded on why she said that the way she did. But very hurtful not just on my son’s behalf…but both of ours….Hence people can be momentarily r…

      • I also find you absolutely extrodinary…your son is beautiful and his smile brightened my day…I’m very horrible with my reactions when people feel the need to slam my character or my kids.or reverse feel pity On us…..either I don’t respond..or if I do I’m so hurt that I’m just not nice…so thank you for your amazing example! Hugs to that precious baby you have…

  5. My fiancees aunt has just recently passed away; she lived until the ripe old age of 68. Thanks to the care if my fiancees parents, she lived a full and happy life despite her downs syndrome. She was infuriatingly stubborn but wonderfully endearing. The way she would just come up to you and just fall into you to give you a hug and then giggle under her breath could melt even the coldest heart. My aunt had a beautiful nature and brightened the lives of all those she met in much the same way as I imagine your son does and will continue to do. Don’t ever let anyone tell you any different.

  6. Wow what a story and oh my gorgeous Gabe is gorgeous. My little Sister Sarah – she’s 22 but will always be my baby bear – has downs and I have been struck sometimes by people sheer insensitivity and lack of understanding. Ignorance has a lot to answer for. But my gorgeous girl has made me such a better person my blessing me with her presence. She is an absolute angel and I wouldn’t want her any other way. If it is still there if you google Downs 21 Got to Dance you. An see her dance group! X

      • Oh bless her! I was 5 when Sarah arrived on the scene and our big brother was 7. Poor Sarah spent the first part of her life with me swapping my dolls clothes with hers! She was so little! The truth is that life will bring it’s challenges but it is making the most of the little moments that make it worth it. When Sarah passed part of her drama GCSE as she wanted to be like me or seeing her with my brother on his wedding day. You have so many wonderful memories to make with your lovely little ones :o) x

  7. What a beautiful story,reminds me of my 6 year old son who loves to sing and dance to any song , he has changed my life and I would not change anything about my Down’s syndrome son , love him so much and he means the world to me x x x

  8. Reading this made my day and at the same time made me cry. My son’s name is Gabe, and while he does not have downs syndrome, he does have duplicated chromosomes (trisomy 8 and 22p). It has led to severe low tone and a while other slew of health issues. He’s 2 now and only weighs about 20 lbs. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about having a downs child, but I am familiar with the looks and comments of pity and that somehow I’m not taking care of my son correctly or doing enough. It gets frustrating. I just want to say that this was a brave and awesome thing that you did. You kept it cool and told it like it was. Way to go mom!

  9. Thank you for sharing! I see a lot of families with young kids where I work (Acura dealership) and when I had seen a toddler with Downs at first I didn’t know how to react, so I just reacted like he was the same as any other toddler, gave him a high five and acted generally silly. Thanks for the insight!

  10. I think we should plan an arranged marriage@ Your sona nd my daughter sound like two peas in a pod. I loved your description of him and couldn’t help but think you were writing about my little girl. Thank you for sharing your story. I get ” She doesnt seem to have a very bad case of it!” I know it is ignorance but it still stings. She is the most perfect person Ive ever known. 🙂

  11. I think we should plan an arranged marriage.Your son and my daughter sound like two peas in a pod. I loved your description of him and couldn’t help but think you were writing about my little girl. Thank you for sharing your story. I get ” She doesnt seem to have a very bad case of it!” I know it is ignorance but it still stings a bit because she is the most perfect person Ive ever known. 🙂

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  13. This story really touched me. I’ve been having a hard time lately with my brand new baby who seems to be colicky a lot earlier than his brother was. I work from home and returned after a week and a half, so I’m slowly going crazy. I also had a bad day topped off with a woman shoving her cart into my 6 year old’s back as I was finishing up paying for my groceries. I nearly lost it on her physically, but managed to just tell her to back off and that she was really rude. In your situation I would have gone off the deep end. I’m so happy you had the quick wit to say what you did instead of being an insane, bumbling fool like me.

    I thought the worst people were the kids in high school who picked on the special ed students. My boyfriend and I would be the only kids to stand up for them. I was wrong. People, adults, like this cashier are the worst. I recall telling my OB that whatever the outcome of my tests were my birth plan wouldn’t change. My child is my child and no child is disposable.

    So thank you for giving your beautiful son an awesome mother, life, and love. You’re amazing!

  14. It’s amazing how people can be. I’m in a similar situation, kind of. I’m paralyzed from the shoulders down. Every time I go out in public. I can see people looking away from me and trying not to see me or even get that door for me. Sometimes people run right into my wheelchair and me and say nothing, just keep walking. Even doctors talking to whoever is with me instead of me, even though I have my mind and can talk and everything. And the remarks like; “you are so strong.” “It happened for a reason.” “God has a plan.” “I can imagine.” Are annoying and I cannot understand how stupid and inconsiderate people can be. But, I will be the first to admit that I didn’t know much about paralysis and the life with it until I became paralyzed. Now I know all the struggles and pain. From why handicap parking is needed and why to physical pain that will not stop and there’s nothing to fix it. I applaud the mother in this story . I think she should get a medal for what she did and how she did it

  15. My son is 26 Now, and the First of four WONDERFUL Children He reminds me every day, How to be happy..Something the rest of us seem to forget. I was merely 21 when he was born,and I have spent the last Twenty Six yrs, Thanking god for such a blessing as him, For you see without him I too would fail it see life they happy eyes

  16. When I was a child in my first grade of school my best friend had Down syndrome. I really didn’t understand why everyone would treat her as some kind of pariah. She was probably the easiest person to be around I’ve ever known because she didn’t demand anything from me and was always happy. I don’t really remember exactly but she was taken away for some reason (I guess people were just less understanding back then). People are horrible. Your son looks beautiful. Actually he reminds me of my son, although he doesn’t have Down syndrome. I can tell from the pictures that he is a cool boy. The people who are mean seem like the unevolved people to me.

  17. God bless you!! What a fantastically well written post!! This post made me cry and laugh!! I can’t imagine being in your shoes getting pitty looks and stares from strangers who do not understand! You’re comment to the cashier was AMAZING! and hopefully made her really think about what she was actually saying !

  18. Usually don’t leave comments but I had to on this one, this is a beautiful article and your child is beautiful, my younger brother has a rare syndrome that we as a family would not trade it for the world because the love we have for him is unimaginable. Im appalled that the lady said that to you like it’s okay which it’s not. Thank you for this post I will be sharing it

  19. I just happened across your blog this morning and I’m glad. I wanted to say your son is gorgeous and love his smile! Your blog is an important educational tool. I’ll pass this on. We live in a community with a family who have a son with Down Syndrome and they started a residential care facility for adults with developmental disabilities. It is on a ranch here in our valley and the “Ranchers” are part of the community. The local high school helps them train for Special Olympics basketball, they come to every sports event from Little League to high school. It has been a wonderful way to have a community just accept people who may have some differences as just people. I especially love when the family’s son comes up to me in church during worship and put his arm around my shoulders as we sing together. Keep this up! Thank you. (Here’s the link to the facilities FB page in case – #13 in the profile photo is the son who started this all. He’s 45 now.) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Jewels-Home/127669237286410

  20. My sister, Ellen, has Downs syndrome. She is 51 and we are Irish twins (which she proudly tells everyone!) To people who are uninformed or ignorant about this or any other disability should, as my mother would say – we should “Consider the source and ignore it!” Unless they want to become informed, they are not worth the time and aggravation that they cause. To know and or have one of these very kind, loving, special people in your life is going to give you more than any one of the stupid comments can take away. All children are work and require special attention…but not all give you the kind of love that these kids will. My sister loves me unconditionally; stresses me out like no one else; is as stubborn as a mule when she wants to be…and I love her with all my heart! She is my sister, my friend, my strongest supporter, the most incredible person I will ever know.

  21. Just saw this come up on Facebook – I used to work in the DD field and my hubby still does, having worked with our share of Down Syndrome adults, we both have said that we’d welcome a baby. Ours are all born ‘normal’ which is relative – I can’t believe the cashier would say that! Having worked as a cashier in high school had I said something like that I would have been out of a job. I’m amazed by those who feel that these precious children whether ‘perfect’ or born with a disability should be discarded – God made them the way He wanted them, He knew before any of us knew what our children would be like and to tell Him the child isn’t wanted, isn’t healthy enough is so, so wrong.

  22. Reblogged this on Memories of Malaysia and commented:
    This article was shared to me via FB private message on my fan page, and I felt it was a worth a reshare. I had the same experience when I took baby Noah to a GP and the doctor first asked “what’s wrong with him?”, followed by a reminder that there was a test I could have taken. When I said I knew that, she asked if the test had failed to correctly diagnose his condition. Doctors. You’d think they’d know better.

  23. A friend posted this article on Facebook & I happened to come aceoss it today. I first have to just say how FREAKIN’ adorable Gabe is!!! I have a degree in Speech & Language and have worked with many children with Down Syndrome. They are some of my favourite children to work with! They are so open, honest and smiley! They have the most infectious smiles….as does Gabe in his pictures! Well done for restraining yourself but still making sure to speak up!!! Every child deserves a loving, supportive upbringing & environment. It seems like Gabe more than has that with you!

  24. I absolutely LOVE this! We have Roman Junior in our family. I thank God that I have the chance to interact with such an intuitive, emotional and higher level human. You see, others see Downs, autism and many of the like as a disability. I view them as an evolution in mankind. I would’ve never discovered this if Junior was not a part of my life. What others see as a disabled child I see as a specialized highly in-tune little boy who communicates at such a high level that he and I don’t even share the same language. But spend some time with him, and it isn’t long before you’re reading his words as they pass to you from his eyes. Remarkable!!! Truly amazing!! If you never have had the chance, close your mind, open your heart and sit and listen to a child with Downs.

  25. Thank you for posting this. We have a 5 month old daughter with D.S. and I couldn’t imagine someone saying that to me. I don’t know if I would have the ability to not go all “hulk” on them. I commend you for your self control.

  26. Reblogged this on Provocative Christian Living and commented:
    How would you respond if someone told you that you life would have been better if you had disposed of one of your children? Props to this amazing mom. You will want to cheer for her as I did when I read this blog.

  27. I just saw a link to your post on facebook. Wow! I have noticed that I hardly ever see a Down’s child anymore. Apparently, they’ve all been deemed worthless and killed in utero. To tell the truth, I miss them. I never met a Down’s child that didn’t have a sunny smile for me. Not to say that they don’t have their moments just like all of us do. But I think the world is a sadder place without them. Here’s one person who will confirm that you did the right thing, both when you found out your son had the syndrome and when you corrected that horrible cashier. Hopefully, she learned something from the encounter. Give Gabe another big hug, just because. God bless your family.

  28. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog this morning. I have friends who recently had a beautiful little baby who has downs syndrome. The mother had very little, if any, interaction with downs syndrome before her little one was born and is having a hard time processing it all. Do you have any books you would recommend for starting this journey? A journey that can be very beautiful if done with a Christ-like spirit.

    • Ruth, please extend my congratulations to the new parents! There are a lot of books out there, Babies With Down Syndrome has a lot of information, it can be overwhelming, but its a good tool to have. There are books that are composed of stories from others, Gifts, is a good one. The biggest reccmemdation that I have for them is to contact the closest Down Syndrome Support Group, if there isnt anything nearby there is a plethora of wonderful support groups online.

  29. He’s a gorgeous little boy. I love the little picture of him with the “100% perfect” written on a bit of paper. He’s beautiful. The cashier needs a telling off – well said!

    • Thank you! We took that picture november 26th 2010, it was his cardioligy appointment and we confirmed that his heart was 100% perfect, my spouse was out of town but i wanted to share the good news with him!

  30. Gabe is such a cutie! I’ve partnered with a school district that has a program that provides hands on life and job skills for kids with special needs and every single student that has walked into my office, has had something amazing to offer the world. From down syndrome to cereal palsy, these kids are extrodinary and have taught me so much about life. No child is a burden or mistake; they are blessings. Well wishes to you and your family!

  31. I don’t see poor parents or a burdened sister. ..I see a family who loves a beautiful, amazing little boy. …and I also see a mommy in the medical field, just like me!!! I will never forget the day of an OB appointment I had just after I had been to my four month ultrasound, I had about 15 minutes of elated joy of finding out that I was going to have a little girl. … (her brother is almost 20 years old and I miscarried a daughter as well.) The doc told me that he was sending me to a specialist because they thought my unborn baby girl might have down’s and the specialist would be able to do more testing to be sure. …my heart fell. Like you, everything I knew about down’s, I had learned in school…..as a paramedic. 16 years ago. So,I went home, told my family, including my son, who cried with me. My father then told me, “it doesn’t matter, she’s our gift and she’s still going to be the most beautiful, perfect little girl that there ever was! !” Even before he told me that, I knew I wouldn’t care if she had down’s….I had fallen in love with this baby from the moment I first saw her tiny heart beating on the ultrasound screen. …when I went to the specialist appointment, I listened quietly to everything they had to say. After some testing, I was told that they had determined that my daughter did not have down’s…the ultrasound tech said, “aren’t you glad that we have this kind of technology, so you’ll know these things before the baby is born? ” I told her without missing a beat “why? Do you think it’s going to have some kind of bearing on how I proceed with my pregnancy?” She just looked at me. “I would think that it would, that you’d think twice about having a baby with down’s syndrome.” I laughed to myself and took a deep breath and said “well, actually, you’re right, now that I think about it. We’ll going to love her even more!” I walked away then, resisting the same urge you had to knock her senseless. …instead I felt sorry for someone who apparently possessed such a limited ability to love. I was blessed on 3-08-2014 with my beautiful daughter, Skye Nicole. And believe me, I was more concerned about her being healthy than looking for down’s facial features. Your little boy is beautiful, and has a smile that I know lights up any room he’s in. And mommy, I’m so glad you shared your story. I wish I had met you when I was pregnant with my daughter, I’m sure we’d be fast friends! Hugs to you and your awesome family! Love, Meredeth and Skye.

  32. Great post. I can’t believe what that woman actually said to you! (I just found your blog from a pro-life website.) It is so sad how wicked our country has become. That cashier probably didn’t realize there was anything at all wrong with her thinking. I’m glad you shocked a little logic back into her! All I can think about America these days is Isaiah 5:20 and Joshua 24:15. I am very glad God gave you your wonderful children!

  33. Amazing response! Your children are beautiful! You have such a witty way with words – I am so enjoying reading your posts! I too have a 2 year old named Gabe 🙂

  34. Thank you so much for this post. Through out my pregnancy with my second son I had excess amniotic fluid the doctors told me that my child (Charlie) would have a severe birth defect best case scenario Downs worst case scenario already DOA. That I should terminate or start planning my babies funeral. From the beginning it was never an option no matter what issues he had he was my baby and I would face everything head on with him. He arrived four weeks early right before Christmas. All of the test they ran were wrong. He had no medical issues at all. It wouldn’t have mattered either way Down syndrome, any medical issue at all, he would have been perfect to me. He was my baby and regardless of what anyone thought he had a right to be here and he has a purpose.

  35. Seeing with the eyes of another person can be hard from the inside and outside. Judging from either side is just so easy…
    And stupidity is something that you’ll never can prevent. Great response to the cashier. 🙂

  36. I worked as a cashier at a pharmacy and we had a family come in with their young daughters, the eldest “normal” and the younger with Downs. I do pity the parents but I always did my best to make that baby smile. I would wave and grin and she would smile and laugh. I cannot imagine the challenges those parents face, so I would try and do something to show them that there are people who accept and will be kind to their children…both of them. I respect each and every family that discovers their child has Downs and still give that child a life. It is not easy, but that is their child no matter the extra chromosome. God bless them all, I support you.

  37. God bless you and your family! Your son is absolutely adorable! What a blessing! And, I wish I had your quick thinking – nicely done!

  38. Wow! First thing I saw was the picture of your son and thought whatta cutie! Downs didn’t even enter my mind, he is beautiful! I do agree there is ignorance, even before reading this post I didn’t realise how much of a normal life someone with Down syndrome can live, I think when we read about it is out of fear whilst pregnant; the child can’t do this or that – it’s quite negative thinking about it. More should be done to raise awareness, as many may have terminated thinking it’s what’s best for the child, they won’t be normal etc. Reading your post made me happy, he is a normal loving child! And proves that assumption wrong!

    You must be proud! And he is lucky to have such a great mother!

  39. I have read your article twice about the insensitive cashier’s remarks about your precious child. I plan on using your article in my 9th grade CCD class (Confirmation Prep I) to teach them about the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception, that God has a plan for each and every one of us despite what the world says and yes, forgiveness for (I too would have been tempted to throttle the cashier but using our wit & words is a much better idea.) someone who says insensitive remarks. May God Bless you and your family!

      • Thank you.

        My nephew Mikey is 11, and he has been a blessing for our entire family. I have sent your blog to my sister, and hope she joins in reading your adventures. I think she sometimes feels like she is alone, and finding friends that share similar challenges helps.

        Keep posting, and hopefully one day you’ll have enogh cute pics and stories that Gabe can get his own publidhed book to share his story with the world.

  40. My baby sister Julie has downs too. I’ve loved her from the second I set eyes on her. I even convinced my parents to let me name her. I was 5 when she was born and I was unaware that she was “different”.

    Over the years I have heard all kinds of comments about her having down’s, some awful and some trying to be nice but turning out to be insensitive.

    For some reason people think that since I have a sister with down’s it’s an open invitation to discuss abortion. It’s not. I have two beautiful boys and refused the tests while pregnant. Like you, my boys became my sons the moment I learned that I was pregnant.

  41. I have a 4 year old daughter and a 15 month old son so I can relate on the mom level with the tantrums and the concerned little brother:) my son bursts into tears when she’s upset- so sweet. (Um and frustrating cuz now there are TWO tantrums happening!:)
    And all I saw in the pictures of your son was the sweetness and mischeiviousness and utter cuteness that I see in my boy and all boys that age and i just want to snuggle him! It makes me so mad that anyone could see anything BUT that! I love your comeback and you are a strong woman who will handle all of this stupid prejudiced negativity in stride with humor and love and will teach him to handle those people the same way- that he is perfect and THEY are wrong/scared/misinformed/ignorant. He is a beautiful gift just like my son, your daughter, my daughter and every single other child out there. I don’t see anything but a glowingly happy child, so well done mom!! And a friggin adorable one!

  42. This was a gorgeous piece. Of course Gabe is simply your perfectly loveable son, and not his illness, not a label. People are so strange how they commodify children, as if we should return them for a refund like undesirable products.
    And the idea that babies are not people until they are born is disgusting. I lost my baby girl in labour almost two months ago, so she never took a breath outside me, but no one can tell me she is not a person. Losing ’tissue’ could never be as shattering as losing a child like I did.
    Anyway, it’s so good you are reaching out and witnessing to the beauty of every human life. Keep it up! Give your sweet boy a kiss from me!
    All the best,
    Anna Eastland

  43. I was born with a special disorder called Asperger Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. Because I’m aware of my disorder, I love being around people with Down’s Syndrome. I used to work at a store with a guy who had Down’s, but I didn’t realize he had it until after he moved back to his home state. It was he who helped me realize that I could let my disorder help me become a good worker. I’ve never forgotten him and we keep in touch on Facebook.
    BTW, you might want to eventually visit a restaurant named Tim’s Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The owner, Tim Harris, has Down’s as well.

  44. Such a beautiful post. I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with ignorance from others. I would have lost it if I had been in your shoes with that cashier! Hopefully she learned something that day!

  45. So beautiful your love and thoughts. Down children are the most loving kids. All their life, they give a lot of smiles and pure love. They always smile!!! You must be very proud of your blessing kid. 🙂

    • I am so proud of my children! They’re incredible little people, i am a blessed mama. Thank you so much for your kind words. Can you share what country you’re from?

      • Hehe, please excuse my English. I’m from Mexico and my English isn’t very good. 😛 Blessings and have a nice day. 🙂

      • You’re just fine!! My Spanish isn’t very good either 😉 I’m blown away that Gabe has “found his way” to Mexico. Thank you for stopping in!

      • The social networks are awesome and connect people around the globe. Thanks to you for your kind words and hospitality. You’re an awesome mommy!! 🙂

  46. Wonderfully said! Hugs to you for encountering such a misguided person, and thank you for such a thoughtfully-written post. Also, I love that picture at the top so much! They’re all gorgeous photographs, but that one puts a smile on my face every time I see it. What a little charmer!

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