Today is 3/21, also known as World Down Syndrome Day! Today’s post is dedicated to my little brother and every beautiful soul that got a little extra love from God–in the form of an extra 21st chromosome. While in some ways the word “disability” makes sense to me, I find that it limits expectations all too often. What individuals with Down syndrome may “lack” by the average person’s standards is far surpassed by everything they do have. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my brother has taught me so much about determination, hard work, forgiveness, and unconditional love. No one can bring a smile to my face like he can.
Like this adorable poster reminds us, true love doesn’t count chromosomes. It doesn’t count shortcomings or wrongs. Every single child is formed by the loving hands of God, and God does not make mistakes. Though I cannot pretend to understand what it is like to be the parent of a special needs child, I do understand how such a child has completed my life, my family, and so many other families I have had the joy of meeting over my lifetime. From being involved in Luke’s therapy, classes, special olympics teams, and life in general; to working with Camp Joy and Joni & Friends campers at Bonclarken for several summers; to every story I read about lives transformed by an extra chromosome, I thank God for these individuals.
From me to you, happy world Down syndrome day and God bless!