Warning- this will be a picture-less post.
A fitting quote for how I have been feeling lately. The kids are in bed, my work for the day is completed, so I dive into my nightly ritual of catching up on the other world outside my home. Tonight, there are lots of good things to read- like my good friend's status updates as she is at the hospital expecting her son's birth at any moment. Or Noah's Dad sharing about their Times interview and NBC Nightly's cover on a little up and coming model who happens to have Down syndrome. I am well aware that I have become that annoying advocate mother. Where two years ago, my status' did not revolve around the acceptance of people with Down syndrome, and now I find my self not wanting to talk about much else. Two years ago, I was not nearly as involved in social media as I am now. Because two years ago I didn't have anything to say, anything to fight for, other then my amazing boys, however I never felt the need to prove their awesomeness outside the regular doting mom stuff :). I cannot say that Down syndrome isn't very much a part of our everyday. But not necessarily because in our own walls we are affected by it every day. I don't think I would think about it half as much if it weren't for the Internet. From following blogs and fellow families with kids with Down syndrome that I am friends with via Facebook, I am daily rejoicing over achieved milestones, fighting for someones acceptance, or comforting someone going through a hard moment. I think about Down syndrome often, not because I am sad or worried about Fiona, but because I simply care about it now.
I have no doubt in my mind why God blessed our family with a special needs child. He knows me. He knew that I was ignorant. And he knew what I could do if I was aware. I am someone who needs to be shaken. I need to feel the impact to react.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. That all men would be seen as equal. He wanted no one to be judged simply by color of their skin, but by the quality of their character. I would like to broaden Mr. Luther's word color to appearance. No even grander, change it to how they are formed. I love seeing people with Down syndrome doing great things- getting jobs, becoming models. But just like I hope that someday we don't have to point out that a black man is President, but rather just refer to him as the 43rd President, I hope that someday we aren't pointing out Down syndrome. That their acomplishments are just acomplishments to be celebrated, no matter what race, religion, gender, or disability they have. I dream big.
I want to leave you with some other, not as well known quotes of the late Dr.
A right delayed is a right denied. -please go sign Amelia's petition
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. - I've yet to come across someone who cannot say that having a child with Down syndrome has made them a better person.