While playing in the sand on our final day at the Lake a mother approached us and said to Nathan: "Oh what a beautiful boy ~ one of God's Special Children." I know this shouldn't annoy me but it does. God doesn't have "special children" in the bible ~ he has children. Their abilities don't factor into his love equation ~ at least not to my knowledge. Is Nathan special ~ YES. But so are his cousins Emily, Jacob, Noah, Rachael, Ben, Jack, Mairead and Lily. Am I a little sensitive ~ yes. I treat Nathan just like I would any other child and I want others to see him that way too.
Immediately following this women's acknowledgement Nathan turned to her, smiled and clapped. Now, let me make sure this scene is set properly for you ~ we're siting playing on the beach with some sand toys. A women walks over and says something sweet to Nathan and he claps. Do you know what her response was? "Oh, your Mommy must really work with you!" WHAT??? Because he clapped and smiled at her? Or maybe because he was sitting in the sand playing with a few toys?
This sweet women had very low, if any, expectations of children with Down syndrome ~ shame on her and shame on us. Those of us who are parents with children who happened to have designer genes really need to do our part in breaking down these walls and rewrite the expectation book. I need to. I did that day. I showed her that not only can babies with Down syndrome play in the sand and clap but they can WALK ON THE BEACH ALL BY THEMSELVES!!! How's that!