A big thanks to my daughter Becca for guesting posting and sharing her thoughts on Down Syndrome.
Hi I’m Becca.
I’m 13 years old and I would like to share some of my thoughts about Down Syndrome and tell you about my little brother Jack because he’s the best!
Jack is one of the best things that has happened to our family because he has taught us to be more gentle with our lives. This little guy can just cheer up your whole day more than ever by just seeing him smile or giggle. But not many of my friends understand Down Syndrome.
Not everybody understands that he is a little slower at things than most kids his age. Things that most kids are doing when they are almost 2 years old, Jack can’t do. My friends just don’t understand that, I guess you have to experience it to fully understand. My friends question me about Jack not being able to walk or crawl perfectly and I think maybe it was because they didn’t know he had Down Syndrome. I have to explain. For example, the other day someone mentioned to me that Jack was too old to be breastfeeding and he should be able to drink from a cup. They didn’t understand that he is getting therapy to teach him how to drink from a cup. They didn’t understand that he has been in therapy for a really long time to teach him to eat off of a spoon. It’s taken a lot of work – this stuff is not easy. I actually have to explain every single time they question me about why Jack is a little different. But that’s okay. I guess it’s a good way to teach them about people who have Down Syndrome.
I’m not really sure if they completely understand but I am proud to have Jack in our family and I don’t mind explaining over and over so people can understand Down Syndrome a little more. I want my friends to know that a kid with Down Syndrome is no different than we are, but they just do things a little slower than we do. But they are the same. We have the same feelings and we all need to be treated the same.
Ever since Jack has been born, he has been the sweetest little boy I have ever seen. Every time I invite my friends over, they can’t stop holding him or looking and talking to him. They absolutely love him. When I send pictures to my friends of Jack, all of my friends show their moms and the mom’s love him even though they haven’t even met him. He really attracts so much love!
LOTS OF SOCKS for World Down Syndrome
World Down Syndrome International is trying to create a global voice on March 21st by advocating for people with Down Syndrome so they launched LOTS OF SOCKS. On March 21st, wear LOTS OF SOCKS to get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day and to raise Down Syndrome awareness. Do not wear just any socks, but crazy mismatched socks. Me and my family participated last year and so did YOU! Lots of friends and fans posted their crazy socks (in honor of Baby Jack) to the WE HAVE IT ALL Facebook Fan Page. It was so touching to see the photos come in all day long! Don’t forget to wear crazy socks on Friday and share your pictures on our FB page!
Do you know someone who has Down Syndrome?
How have they changed your life?