Last year I shared the secret to getting a good tip. Today’s restaurant lesson is about making friends. When Marcus and I went out to lunch, we went to a spot where you could begin to call us “regulars.” The ritual is this: we sit, we decide what we want, we order, we take out our […].. read more
This is where I share with you Marcus’ imitation of Elmer Fudd singing Elvis. (I find it works in Chrome – not always in explorer – sorry.) Be Sociable, Share! Tweet.. read more
Getting Caught in The Rain Let me tell you, until you’ve had a school bus full of children (presumably) laughing. Loudly. As they pass the street corner where you are frantically covering and moving garage sale “treasures” while being soaked by an unexpected downpour, you haven’t lived. That is one small moment from yesterday which is […].. read more
At 7 months pregnant, there came a night when I woke up in terrible pain. I climbed into our stick-shift car, which I did not know how to drive, and started down the road. It wasn’t pretty and probably didn’t sound too good, the car either, but we (the car and I) got to the hospital in time for me to pass out in a wheelchair just inside the emergency room doors. That was nearly 23 years ago.
Two months later I gave birth to a beautiful boy and I still find myself winging it.
My son has grown up to be an amazing young man. He loves his job, attends acting classes, hopes to put his own musical on Broadway, and doesn’t seem to mind that he has an extra chromosome in his DNA.
I didn’t know how to raise a child with Down syndrome any more than I knew how to drive a stick-shift. But we’ve cruised through the years, pushed over a few roadblocks and taken several detours. We’ve learned many lessons that have been more special than the needs.
The stories from the early years and the joys and challenges of today are featured in the Grown Ups & Downs blog. Check out some of the resources and on-line friends we’ve made. Wander back to the middle-ages and meet a special Prince from the forthcoming novel The Innocent Prince. And, of course, join the conversation on any of our social plugins.
See you soon,