I realize that many of my posts don't have much to do with Down syndrome. It is something that is a part of our lives, yes, and it affects many things. But it is certainly not the biggest thing.
Down syndrome awareness is a good step. You have to first be aware to begin the step that is most important: acceptance.
There is still a long way to go, but I have a lot of hope. There are many people working hard to get there every day and are helping pave the path that my daughter will be walking. We are a part of it, and you can be a part of it too.
But it is Halloween, after all, so I can't sign off without sharing a few photos of my sugar loving girl on her first happy Halloween. In the past she's been dressed up and taken to parties where she mostly just cried. But today, she got to eat her first Halloween candy (poor deprived little girl.) And she mostly put up with us taking her trick-or-treating to a few houses in our neighborhood. (Although she did yell and scream when I gave candy to the kids that came to our door. She did not want me to share "her" candy.)
I give you the Silly Signer. Yes, it is our made-up super hero. Or super villain, depending on her mood.
|The Silly Signer is off!
|We told her that trick or treating involves candy, so she's pretty excited.
|The pumpkins next door. Cora loved them.
|Feeling a little nervous outside with all the kids running around.
|She needed me to carry her to the doors.
|You can't see it, but she's grabbing a handful of Skittles. And showing off her "I love you" cape.
|The Silly Signer strikes again! Here she is running off with the Skittles.
|Running away from me because she thought I was going to take away her candy.