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There’s a reason we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Trisomy 21 Day, or in our house, as we call it, “Our World Day”. (March 21, 2015).
How else could we raise awareness of God’s gift to humanity?
I say this without reservation. There are people in this world who have no idea how what a gift people with DS are. Worse, there are those individuals who would use the “R” word in reference to these people we love so much.
We can only pity those people. First, for their cruelty, and second, because they have been deprived.
Pity they don’t know the fun that comes with DS. The uninhibited, unbridled dancing in the street. The silliness. The laughter. The funny little jokes they play on us.
Pity they don’t know the loyalty.
The got-your-back-no-matter-what, warts and all.
The “Dis is my Mom,” and “Dis is my Dad” pride in their voice when they introduce us to strangers in the grocery store.
The I-love-you-anyway bottomless way they forgive us for our imperfections.
The unconditional acceptance. The gentle kisses and the arms around our necks.
The simple, no nonsense dialog, and the continual efforts to make us understand when we can’t decipher what they have tried to articulate for the umpteenth time.
I’ve known people with Down syndrome all my life, even way before we adopted Charley. I believe I have earned the right to say that there has never been a more generous person than the one who lives in my house.
Charley is 24 years old now. For twenty-four years, Brad and I have been celebrating him. And yes, we have been celebrating his Down syndrome and everything that means to our lives.
If God gives me another 24 years of Trisomy 21, I will continue to count myself the most blessed person in the world.
Why? Because every day in our house is World Down Syndrome Day. Because Charley is “our world”. And that indeed,is something to celebrate.
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For information about World Down Syndrome Day, 2015, please visit https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/
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Sherry McCaulley Palmer is the author of, Life With Charley: A Memoir of Down Syndrome Adoption.