Today is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)!
I am hoping to receive lots of pictures today of socks! Lots of socks!
And hopefully some beautiful faces of those of you wearing the socks too:)
We are standing together, wearing crazy socks, to create awareness for Down syndrome today.
I will post all the pictures that come in, but for today, I thought I’d join a blog hop hosted by With A Little Moxie, and talk about a Fallacy, Fact, and Photo…pertaining to Jake of course:) Enjoy!
Fallacy: “Jake will not experience love”
Okay, so this isn’t a well-known fallacy put forth about individuals with Down syndrome. It was, however, my overwhelming fear when I first found out about Jake’s diagnosis. In fact, I remember one of the first thoughts that flitted through my mind in the seconds-that-seemed-to-drag-on-as-hours after learning that my baby boy had Trisomy 21, was “no one will want to come to his birthday party”.
In my state of isolation (a self-induced state, I might add…) during those initial days of shock / grief / disbelief, I questioned whether or not Jake would live his whole life in the same place I was in: feeling isolated, vulnerable, and utterly alone because of the results of a diagnosis.
I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG!
Fact: Jake is more loved than I ever imagined anyone could be!
Looking back almost two years later, I laugh at the naivety of my initial reaction to Down syndrome. The fact of the matter is, Jake has experienced more love than I could have ever imagined for anyone. Please read that last part correctly. Jake has experienced more love than I could have ever imagined for anyone. Not for anyone with Down syndrome. Not for anyone with a disability. For anyone. Period.
People are drawn to him. People smile when they see him. People reflect the joy that he exudes. People are uncannily attracted to him. He lights up people’s faces. He brings out the best in others. I know I would be naive to think everyone who ever meets him will react this way. But those who know him love him instantly. Without judgment. Without question.
Photo: I love this guy! And also, a collage of just a smattering of the people in our lives who love Jake!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to you all for your love and support. We love you!
Happy World Down Syndrome Day.