I hope others see what I see: a boy that likes to be outside playing, that likes adventures, that is learning both at home and at school, that likes his friends and his school, that loves his people and his places.
He is living his life. That is what I want for him always--to live a life that he chooses and that he enjoys. I think that is what any parent of any child--disability or not--wants for their child(ren).
Do we have challenges and will there be challenges in the future? Of course, but so do many other families. I think the important thing is that if people simply have some compassion for others, we can better overcome those challenges. Understanding a little bit about Down syndrome and how it can complicate what others may perceive as simple is an important part of awareness. It's that kind of awareness that pushes employers, teachers, and society to work a little harder to incorporate individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities into the world around them.
I do have worries about Owen's future with schooling, jobs, and living on his own. But I'm savoring this time right now and I'm hoping that all the things we do now and all the things we help him learn will lead him to a very bright, independent, and pleasant future.
|This boy has never met a slide he didn't like!|