Saturday, October 15, 2011
31 for 21- Day 15: Called Out
This week I experienced something for the first time. And yes, it took 9 whole months to happen.
At a consignment sale, the check-out woman gushed over the Beanie girl. Then she asked me if I knew so-and-so. I said that I didn't and asked her if I looked familiar. She said no, then paused, and asked if we were at the Buddy Walk. What a great way to ask or confirm that someone has Down syndrome!
It turns out her good friend orchestrates the Buddy Walk for a local community, which wasn't the Buddy Walk that we participated in. But even so, it was a fun interaction and left me smiling as we walked out the door. Cora even decided to display some of her silliest raspberries and smiles too.
Lately I've been wondering what people think when they see Cora and whether they are wondering if she has Ds. But the truth is, I really don't care. I seldom volunteer that little fact when someone stops to say hello or try to get a smile out of my pretty girl. But when involved in real conversations I'll share. The other day I met a great woman at the pool with her 4 month old son (who weighed about the same as Cora). We talked for about 20 minutes, during which time I talked a bit about Ds. Judging by her reaction, it wasn't a surprising revelation. And it felt good to talk about Cora and our lives, her diagnosis, and parenting.
I guess I am happy that Cora being recognized as a member of the club really made me so happy. Early on I was afraid of how I'd feel when this happened. I am thankful that it was a positive interaction, since they may not realistically all be that way. But so far, our experiences have been overwhelmingly good. We've been blessed to be surrounded by people who have welcomed Cora with open arms. Life is good.