(The following was written by a guest blogger.)
Hi. My name’s Lila and I have Down Syndrome.
I know that freaks some people out. They are scared I am too different from them. They think my life is sad. They think there are lots of things I will never do.
Boy, are they are wrong. That’s because I AM so many things…
Sure, I can make scary faces.
And sometimes I get mad.
But there is NOTHING I can’t conquer.
Mommy says I am the FIRST thing she thinks of when she wakes up in the morning, and the last thing on her mind before she starts to dream. And sometimes I show up there, too. That means I AM TREASURED.
When my Daddy gets home from work, I wave my arms around like crazy until he picks me up and puts me on his shoulders. (Sometimes I try to pull his ear, but we won’t talk about that!) That means I AM SILLY.
When I see my therapists, I WORK HARD to do the same things that come easily to other kids my age. That makes me DEDICATED. Mommy tells me all the time we don’t need easy, we just need possible.
When I meet up with my friends, I love to give them kisses. Sometimes they are my size…
And sometimes they are a little smaller…
But I AM always LOVING (well, most of the time!)
And boy, do I LOVE TO DANCE. (And not to toot my own horn, but I think I’m pretty BRAVE for riding on the back of a roaring dinosaur, don’t you?)
I have changed so many minds about what a special needs family looks like. We laugh…
We play, we sing, we have dance parties. But most importantly, we love each other so much that there isn’t room for hardly any sadness at all. I AM CONFIDENT that I will exceed so many expectations…and you can help me! The next time you see sometime who might look or act differently than you, don’t stare or walk away. Smile at them and say hello!
That’s what I would I do!
Because really people, don’t freak out. It’s just an extra chromosome.
Here’s a message from me and my friends on this Down Syndrome Awareness Day.