I remember, when Wil was a brand new baby, I walked into my first Down Syndrome Support Team (DSST) meeting. Young kids with Down syndrome were running around playing like young kids do. Everything was so normal, and yet it wasn’t to me, because all these kids had Down syndrome. I went home, though very supported by the parents, crying my eyes out. My mother-in-law, who was at our house watching the twins (who were not even 2 years old yet), asked how it went. I broke down crying again. My emotions felt too big to process.
Yeaterday, at a DSST teen event, our kids acted like…you guessed it, total teenagers. They went between competitive games of pool, foosball, and Apples to Apples, to being cool and aloof. We finished the event with a dance party, and our teens got down like James Brown! I went home floating on a cloud.
What was the difference between then and now, other than age? Its the same, but also not. And in the process of learning the “not” I fell in love with the whole.
And when you can embrace the whole, there is an elation with a depth to it. Kind of like a James Brown charasmatic scream 🙂
I feel good!! Oww!!