We've been away for nearly a week, travelling the Pacific Northwest and visiting family. I'll detail that trip over the next several days, but since today is 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day (3 copies of the 21st chromosome - 3/21 - if any of you non-Ds-related friends were wondering), I should certainly focus on that first and foremost. However, we arrived back home last night at the frightening hour of 1am, I've kept Samantha off school today (it would be horribly unfair to all parties involved to have her attend class and therapy on 5 hours of sleep), and I'm about to get ready to go into work late, so I'll have to keep it short and sweet.
Down syndrome has changed our lives in an astronomically huge, unvelievably complicated, beautifully enriching, perfectly perfect way. Down syndrome has brought us, among so many other things, knowledge, acceptance, advocacy, friendship, heartbreak, beauty, patience, love, and happiness.
We have a child, one more amazing than any other we could ever possibly imagine, and for that we are eternally grateful. World Down Syndrome Day helps us to spread awareness, to celebrate and share everything she has brought us, everything each and every person with Down syndrome has brought to the world.
So, in keeping with short and sweet (yikes, I have to get ready for work!), some sunshine from my sunshine to you.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day!!!
(pics from August, 2010)