I thought this was a joke – and a pretty stupid and poorly made one at that, if I can speak frankly.
But the SOCKS ARE BACK?? Are you freaking kidding me?
World Down syndrome Day is again adopting a SOCKS theme?!!
Okay, they got rid of the “Odd Socks” bit of flat out offensiveness but can you give me a break?!
This is supposed to be some form of playful group effort, I suppose, “Oh look, your socks are so… “? Right, cuz who talks about socks, and who looks at socks, and why do we need to have socks represent my daughter’s extra chromosome?
I thought they’d learn their lesson from last year.
Remember the Open Letter I wrote? Here it is. I still stand by it.
We don’t NEED a theme. Diggit. World Down syndrome Day is in and of itself something cool enough. 3/21, 21/3.
We don’t need anything other than what we have: a specific day in which to celebrate the people we love who have Trisomy 21.
Take. The. Socks. Away.
More: Here’s My Wacky Socks
This image, that I just right-click saved from the WDSD Website is still labeled “Odd Socks” – which goes to show how little thought has gone into this campaign or in reinventing it. Shame on you, WDSD Committee.
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.