Staring off, deep in thought, as the leaves on the mountaintop blow in the breeze…Have you ever done this? Have you ever been so lost in thought that the world around you seemed to vanish and the very presence of the wind seems to be just enough to satisfy your need for companionship?
You see, my granddaughter has Downs Syndrome and she, just like you and me, is having a moment just like that. She does and will have many of the same moments that we all enjoy. She will grow to be a young woman who will find love, choose a career, and even have a family of her own. She will go to school and be expected to learn along with the other children. She will learn to drive a car and make her parents panic at every move she makes. She is not “typical” but she can have a “typical” life because of the awareness that has been raised over the years.
There was a time when my granddaughter would never have been expected to have such a life. In fact, without the continued research and advocacy of organizations, she would have spent a short life in an institution with no hope of love, laughter, or life. Today, she can smile with her family. Today, she can bring a smile to those around her. Today, she can and will succeed.
We all see these ribbons for this cause or that cause. We all notice the little buckets at cash registers across the globe that are in place to catch our small change to support research or raise awareness. So, I ask you to look at these jars. I ask you to read the research. I ask you to continue to raise awareness and support for those who once would have been left behind but are now set to lead!
To Gloria Ann, Happy October! Here’s to your life to come! Here’s to your smile, your laughter, and your love! Here’s to you!
We all have something to give, even if it is just a smile!