Alex is 23 and has Down Syndrome.
He has been one of the greatest joys of our life (my
husband, son and myself.) I know that there have been
many days when I would not have made it through if it
wasn't for Alex. He is my heart.
Alex appreciates all the little
things in life. He has the best attitude. For instance,
he has never gone out for a bad meal. (We joke that
Alex has never had a bad cheeseburger!) Because he looks
forward to the little things in life, like pizza on
Friday, we do too. When the world around us starts getting
us down, we just hang out with Alex and our mood is
lifted. What a blessing! I know a couple of years ago
we were on a trip to the theme park, Universal Studios,
and the park was excruciatingly crowded and people were
really rude, but Alex is always having a great day.
My husband and I would take turns walking with Alex,
just to keep our mood up.
Alex has a special gift for
knowing when you need a hug. Every teacher he ever had
has commented on the fact that he could always read
their mood and even when they thought they were putting
on a brave face, you couldn't fool Alex. He knows when
you are having a bad day and he tries to cheer you.
Don't get me wrong, he does not hug everyone or hug
all the time, just the folks he knows and loves.
The day Alex was born, being
a Mom, I loved him immediately, we had bonded over the
9 months, so knowing what to do was easy, just keep
him and keep loving him. My husband had a harder job,
as he had just met him. Luckily I married a very wise
man, he knew to look at him as his son and think about
his future. He said we were lucky, because we would
have a child that would appreciate us, a child that
wouldn't drink and drive, a child where every molehill
would be a mountain. He said that no matter what he
knew,or didn't know, he would know we were his parents
and that we loved him. With all children you will face
tough times, but my husband and I both agree, that we
wouldn't change Alex for anything.
I could go on and on about
Alex, because I think he's pretty wonderful, but I will
stop here. I will say just one more thing, and that
is, that one of the pleasant surprises of having a child
with differing needs, is that you
still have all the great moments of pride and accomplishment.
How foolish I was to think it would be any different!
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