I really thought about how we were going to celebrate this as a family. I just wanted to celebrate Trenton so I started thinking about what makes him different. That’s actually rather difficult to come up with. He likes ketchup with bread, like his dad did as a boy. He torments the crap out of his sisters, like every other big brother I know. He likes to climb the rock pile and slide down the pile like a slide. He loves to swim. He does not like to do homework. He likes girls. Hmmmm…. HOW is that different from other 11 year old boys?
Well, he doesn’t ever tell people when he doesn’t like them. There are people he doesn’t respond to as well as others, but he is never rude to them. He never talks about them behind their backs, even under his breath. He just doesn’t say anything at all. I can’t say I do that 100% of the time if I’m going to be really, really honest. I need to be more like him in that area.
There is one more thing…. He likes to do things at his own pace. He likes to stop and smell the roses. A LOT! I tell him to hurry all the time. I mean ALL the time. So, I thought I would indulge him and we could go on a family “nature hike” and all stop and smell the roses, or whatever else needed a closer look as often as he wanted.
It started out just great. It was a beautiful morning. Then, little sis decided she wanted to walk the other direction and was not feeling the “smell the roses” attitude.
That might look like laughing, but it’s screaming. The thing about being the youngest and the loudest generally means that you get whatever you want. World Down Syndrome Day, St. Patty’s Day, your birthday, or even National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day become irrelevant when you are on a family walk and one child decides to start screaming. The child who screams bloody murder to go home gets to go home. So we turned around.
On World Down Syndrome Day, to celebrate, we went on a walk that was just as hurried and rushed as every other day of our lives. Then I thought about it. We celebrate Down Syndrome Day every day just by going about our business as a family. It’s a part of who he is a person, and it’s a part of what completes this family. I can’t imagine it any other way. He fills my heart with love all the time. He is loving, compassionate and fun, EVERY DAY, not just today.
Today, stop, smell the roses, enjoy your surroundings and celebrate by showing someone unconditional love and compassion. Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day every day.