Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Day In The Life- What Living With Down Syndrome Looks Like

The joy that is radiating off Asher's face in this picture is the perfect illustration of what it is like to live with a child who has Down syndrome on a daily basis. Yes, he absolutely has bad days, yes, he gets frustrated and angry sometimes, yes, he is human but he exudes a joy that spreads to every person he comes in contact with. From the people in the grocery store who are greeted in every aisle with a wave and a 'hello' to the children in the waiting room at the therapy office who are blown a kiss as they head on their way to an entire church who is offered his hand to shake as they exit the sanctuary to his family smothered in hugs and kisses it is impossible to spend five minutes with him and not feel uplifted.

There is so much more to life than financial gain or academic success. Asher teaches all of us that a life can enrich so many just by existing, just by being a part of the world around them. Our society can have such a narrow view of what is important or what matters, expand it a bit and get to really see and know those who have much more to offer than the puny list of import we've been taught.