Thursday, September 2, 2010

Reality Check

Monkey and I were just reading a book together while I fed Roo.  Monkey pointed to an arrow and said, "Look, Mommy, that arrow is pointing down, just like Roo has Down syndrome!"  He was so proud of himself.

Talk about bittersweet.


mine said...

man, i love that kid and his thought process! :)

Kim Ayres said...

Just to let you know I've added your blog to the Squidoo Lens as requested :)

I've only taken a quick scan of your blog, but I see your youngest has DS, and at this stage I guess there's still a lot of getting used to the idea and periodically getting overwhelmed with fear for the future, and guilt (because that always rears its ugly head no matter how unjustified).

I hope you will take the time to explore some of the other blogs listed (although I know some are no longer updated), as there are a large number of bloggers out there who know and appreciate exactly what you're going through.

My own daughter, Meg, has DS. But as she's 12 and a half now, and recently started high school, I find I rarely blog about her DS, as it's rarely an issue for us any more. The vast majority of my posts featuring Meg are just father-daughter blog posts.

One blog I would point you to, which I find exceptionally uplifting is:

Conny Wenk who is a photographer. Her daughter has DS and she now specialises in taking the most delightful photographs of people with DS. Do scroll back through her archives for some of the most beautiful photos. The thing about them is, is they are beautiful photos of people who just happen to have DS, and this makes her blog photos so powerful as a way of moving past the strangeness and difference we fear.

Wishing you all the best on life's journey :)