It’s World Downs Syndrome Day. ❤❤
It’s a day to celebrate the extra chromosome that makes some people just a little bit more special.
One of the first images I saw on Facebook today was of my good friend Lee Gooch and his handsome little man Noah.
And oh! How it melted my heart.
Not simply because of the angelic and perfect little face of the wee man, but because of the smile on Daddy’s face.
This 👇👇 my friends is the smile of true pride, of true joy…of true and utter love. 💙💙
I know this, because my family too were blessed.
A child with Downs Syndrome isn’t just their extra chromosome.
A child with Downs, is special.
Special in every sense of the word.
My own aunty Carmel was special.
She was beautiful, mischievous and intelligent. She held more love in the tip of her finger than ANYONE I have ever known. She was witty, bold and an absolute rascal, loving nothing more than to get the craic going with whoever was visiting. She loved to dress up, adored The Rose of Tralee and loved to dance. Every single person who walked through the door of my Grandparents’ home, fell head over heels in love with her. She was the most head-strong, determined and fearless Ladybelle I’ve ever met. She kept our family on our toes.
The main one being that we are all different and that different is good.
I remember being in the shopping Centre with her and my other Aunty when I was about 5. Other kids were staring at Carmel. It was the first time I realised that she was different because I suddenly became aware of other people’s reactions to her. Her reaction to one teenage boy who stopped to look at her? She stuck out her tongue at him, laughed her hearty laugh and waved at him mischievously as we pushed her past.😂😂
There and then, I was proud of her. Even at that young age, she taught me that you must NEVER let anyone bring you down, that you must be YOU, and that there IS no other You to be.
She was perfect.
She was the strongest woman I ever had the pleasure of knowing.
She was more brave and more caring and more wonderful than I could ever put into words and I miss her every day.
She was indeed my Special Aunty, but for so many more reasons than her Downs Syndrome.
Special doesn’t even start to describe her or the love that she gave or more importantly, the love that she demanded.
Pure and true…
Like the love on Lee’s face in that photograph and every day.
A family who have been blessed with an extra chromosome, know a love that is beyond words.
I never thought I’d write about my precious Aunty Carmel, but today, I decided it was time. I miss her every day and she lives on in our hearts and in our memories. Knowing and loving her is responsible for so much of who I am today.
And I send my love and respect to every single family who are fighting every day for the rights of Downs Syndrome children, and who are helping to make people realise that the “S” in DS should not stand for “Syndrome”…
It stands for “Strong”.
It stands for “Smile”.
and it stands for Special.
#worlddownsyndromeday #smile #love #special
(Lee has given me permission to post this pic. Thanks Lovely. And kisses to Noah.)
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