A few years ago, I received an email. Hey! I promise I’m not some crazy stalker!, it said, my daughter with Down syndrome was born right around the same time as Moxie, and I’m on a layover in San Francisco now, on my way back to Laos… want to meet?
Those might have not been the exact words, but it was the gist, and that’s how I specifically became friends with Kelley. We weren’t able to meet at that time, but we have stayed in touch – she’s become a close friend of mine in the Down syndrome community, so close that I did not hesitate at all in considering to visit Laos on our trip.
Mikey, however, hesitated.
Like a lot of fathers in the Down syndrome community, he’s had trouble understanding this whole Facebook-social-media-connection-thing. He thinks you have to actually meet a person in the flesh to be friends with them, haha!
So Kelley and Nava came to Thailand instead.
This, I want to say: the Down syndrome parent community is truly one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
I’ve made online friends in that community that have both supported and challenged me; that have taught and listened to me. It’s a community that is rich in diversity and breadth of experience. It’s a community I am proud and blessed to be a part of.
Kelley and I clicked right off the bat, and guess what? So did Nava and Moxie!
Kelley had rented an apartment through Air BnB right in the heart of things in Bangkok. Kelley also speaks fluent Thai! And knows where what is in Bangkok! So we got to walk around and sample morsels of incredible deliciousness with her guidance.
Moxie and Nava bought the same pair – only problem was they both wanted the mirror!