I’ve heard Down syndrome called Up syndrome. In the beginning, this upend in terminology enabled me to rise above the mess of emotions I was entangled in to better sort them out.

Then an interesting thing happened…over time I became increasingly grounded in my daily life; more than I had been in a long time. Wil was the gentle hand who guided me “Down” to my roots; to the person I was always created to be.

His ability to do this is not intentional. It is, simply and powerfully, because Wil unerringly stays true to the person he was always created to be.

I no longer think of “Down” in a negative sense. It’s a place to ground ourselves, and in so doing find we are moving in just the right direction, at the right time, and in the place we were meant to be.


Published by Christie Taylor

Christie Taylor is the creator of the website,, and author of "Stories of Wil: Puberty Part 1" ( Christie believes that if we all had the opportunity to spend a day with our loved ones with Down syndrome, many of the stereotypes and stigmas would dissipate. Christie invites you, through her stories, to spend a day with Wil. The more the merrier!

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