Thursday, April 22, 2010
"Oh, Down's Kids Are Soooo Happy"
For every one out there who thinks it's okay to call people by their chromosomal make-up instead speaking of them, or God forbid to them, like people, and to generalize them on top of that, for every time I've heard, "Oh those kids are always so happy!" or "Down syndrome babies never cry!" or "They've always got a smile on their faces!" and the best one, "They're never unhappy, ever!" To them I offer this:Will is a baby, not a chromosomal analysis. He's not a disease, a disorder or a diagnosis. And like any baby, he cries when he has a tummy ache, gets hungry, or gets scared or too hot or too cold. Some day he will cry when he feels sadness, like any other person, although I hope to stave that off for a while yet.