baby steps

okay, i'm at a coffee shop, supposedly working on my paper right now, and i might be crying.

i won't confirm or deny that for sure, but there's a chance.

because i just read this article. i found it reading this article.

both bring up the valid points that i've been lucky enough to know because i've worked with these children. i love these children. every time i was around one of my kiddos, i learned something new, and i received so much joy and love.

there's more to this story, but i really do have to work on my paper...


inseattle Monday, May 29, 2006 4:36:00 pm  

thank you for this. i tried not to cry in the computer lab at the library.

Kim Ayres Tuesday, May 30, 2006 5:01:00 am  

Hi, I bounced in from Monstee's Cave.

This might sound awful, I'm not sure, but I keep getting shocked that people fear having a child with DS.

My daughter is 8. She recently won a swimming medal at a gala for children with special needs.

I mean sure, she has special needs, but then my 10 year old son has individual needs, and there's nothing "wrong" with him. As a parent you deal with whatever problems your kids have, be they physical, mental or emotional.

Meg is the most beautiful girl in theworld and the biggest pain in the arse at times, which is what any father would say about any daughter.

People get stressed out because they think DS is a Big Thing. It isn't. Having a child is a Big Thing - DS is very minor by comparison

jay are Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:25:00 am  

what a great article, great writing, great perspective. It helps us all to be able to see sides to life we don't understand or normally see.
And I'm glad there are people like you out there who, with love, help kids each step along the way. You must miss it!

(good luck on that paper) :)

heatherfeather Tuesday, May 30, 2006 11:16:00 pm  

kim - that's worded very well... having been lucky enough to know lots of kids with DS, autism, CP, medical conditions, it's easy for me to know what your'e talking about.

most people, however, don't get to know kids with special needs. they don't know that it's not just political propaganda to move away from "disabled person" to "person with disability". most people are afraid of what they don't know, and are daunted by the thoughts of all the limitations they've never considered before.

that's a great picture of your daughter, by the way. sorry about the hoops you had to jump through to get that one great shot!

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