Beckett + Finn. These guys have known each other for a long time.
About 8 years ago, I ran into a store to quickly buy a couple of things. While I was walking the aisle, a dad pushing a shopping cart walked by me - I noticed right away his son, riding in the front of the cart, had Down syndrome. So I followed them.
The store wasn’t crowded, after a few minutes of me walking behind them I said hello. I told him his son was so cute and that I had a son with Down syndrome. We exchanged phone numbers and from there we arranged play dates. Our boys have been in school together since Kindergarten, watching them walk into Grade 6 this year was surreal.
Beckett + Finn have lots of friends at school, these two are popular. Kids like them because they are funny, kind and smart. My biggest fear was that Beckett wouldn’t have any friends, seeing him with Finn (this is my favourite photo of them) makes me so happy. These two will be pals forever.
Sometimes I hear people say how kids with Down syndrome are all so happy or so affectionate or all full of love. It’s true, Beckett + Finn are those things but it’s not because they have an extra chromosome. It’s because they resemble their families and because they are valued and loved by their family, friends and community.
I will never stop advocating for people with disabilities. Ever.
After reading about that washed-up comedian’s comments about Down syndrome today, I realized I still have a lot of advocating to do.
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