Down syndrome

Love Counts Chromosomes

If we were to see Love as the infinite power and creative spirit behind all existence,

If we were able to see, hear and touch all that Love expresses as Love interacts with our children with Down syndrome, I think the poem would go something like this

Love counts chromosomes

Love sees us all as we are.

Love gazes at tilted eyes flecked with stars

Loves counts the chromosomes that created these.

Love sighs happily

Love tenderly regards the flexibility of limb, the petite stature

Love counts the chromosome behind them and Love smiles

Love sees curled ears,

Love is pleased.

Love reflects on the space between toes

That space that is an expression of the extra chromosome

And Love nods.

Love sees a nose, low-bridged and small;

Love winks

Love hears, feels and understands all expression.

And Love values the myriad of ways in which we all learn and experience our lives

Love knows who we are.

Love accepts us.

Love knit our chromosomes in all of our bodies and Love views them as perfect, as they should be, expressions of universal diversity and beauty in the world.

Love holds all in Her gaze,

Love fills each of our hearts and connects us.

Love counts chromosomes – Love counted each and every one.

And loved them.

Many thanks to all who contributed their photos to this love song:

It’s In Everyone Of Us, by David Pomeranz
It’s in everyone of us
To be wise
Find your heart
Open up both your eyes,
We can all know everything
Without ever knowing why,
It’s in everyone of us
By and by
It’s in everyone of us
To be wise,
Find your heart
Open up both your eyes,
We can all know everything
Without ever knowing why,
It’s in everyone of us
By and by
It’s in everyone of us
I just remembered
It’s like I been sleeping for years,
I’m not awake as I can be
But my seeing is better,
I can see
Through the tears,
I’ve been realising that,
I bought this ticket
And watching only half of the show,
There is scenery and lights
And a cast of thousands,
Who all know
What I know,
And it’s good
That it’s so good

Love Counts Chromosomes

Love counts chromosomes… and loves them all!

This t-shirt challenges the idea that we love despite a chromosome count, that the chromosomes or number of chromosomes do not matter. THEY DO MATTER. And we love them.

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Love counts chromosomes... each and every one. And loves them. A poem, a song and reflection on beauty, acceptance and love | Down syndrome | Down syndrome Acceptance | Down syndrome Awareness | Down syndrome awareness month | #DSAM | #WDSD | WDSD | DSAM | special needs | disability acceptance | disability awareness |
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1 Comment

  1. I have a 12 year old with Down syndrome and I have never investigated the medical versus the social model of disability but found your link to both types interesting. The medical component tends to focus on the limitations and tries to fit you into a specific box and the social (depending on the source) permits for a broader perspective that works to build from a baseline and (my hope) does not align that limitations exists. Thanks for highlighting this information

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