A big thanks to my daughter Emma for guesting posting and sharing her thoughts on her brother who has Down Syndrome.
Hi everyone! I’m Emma. I am 15 years old and tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day so I want to tell you about my little brother. I’m sure what I am about to say, you have probably heard from my mom or my sister, Becca. But I still want to share my feelings and ideas.
I think it’s important for kids like us to talk about Down Syndrome so it’s not so unfamiliar to people. When people don’t understand something, they pull away from it and act like it’s weird. My little brother Jack is far from weird. He’s just like every other kid. But he has Down Syndrome. Personally I’m a little afraid that if we do not make Down Syndrome normal to everyone – that Jack will grow up and have kids in school be mean to him because he is a little different. What if he grows up and kids call him retarded? It hurts my feelings to think that kids might hurt his feelings. But if we spread the word about Down Syndrome and make people see that kids who have Down Syndrome are just like you and me – then maybe Jack will grow up and not face the “R-Word” or people who think he’s weird.
I have done two projects this year on Down Syndrome. The first was in health class. I brought Jack into class with me that day and I told my class about Down Syndrome. Everyone thought he was so cute. The second project was this week in Biology. How perfect is that?!? Just in time for World Down Syndrome Day! I am happy I chose Down Syndrome for my topic, because the more people who know about Down Syndrome the better.
Jack is just like every other kid. He is a little delayed, but I think he is better than kids without Down Syndrome because he loves everyone. Jack is full of love, he’s much more gentle and sensitive than other kids and no matter how you feel, no matter how sad you are, Jack’s smile will light up the room and make you feel better every time. Him having Down Syndrome doesn’t matter to me. I’d love him the same either way, but I prefer him having Down Syndrome rather than not because I feel like his Down Syndrome is part of his personality, and I LOVE his personality. He is the sweetest, cutest, friendliness baby brother ever, and I wouldn’t change anything about him because I love him. To me, Down Syndrome is a super power! He even attracts the ladies out at stores, he’s a big flirt!
Before Jack, I didn’t know anything about Down Syndrome, and because of Jack, now I do. Kids with Down Syndrome are just as perfect as kids without Down Syndrome. And all I really need to know is that I love Jack, and that’s never gonna change.
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?