See Us: Beautiful. Children with Down syndrome

This is one of those posts that I like so much that I'll probably still be whipping it out when all of these kids are 30, married and working. And they'll be all embarrassed, 'grrrrr, could you STOP re-posting that post already?'

I'll probably stop then.

But not before then.

Just cuz I like it.

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hey! it's you!

 

I'm glad you are here, cuz I want to talk

 

see, it seems like people have some silly stereotypes about me – and my peeps with extra chromosomes

 

you wouldn't believe some of the stuff I've heard!

 


 

…like people with Down syndrome always having bowl cuts

 

 

ha!

 

 

Sammi's cracking up over that one, too

 

 

Or that we are happy all the time – because let me tell you, I can howl with the best of them

 

and so can Ellie!


 

and Verity!

 

   

and Coop… when he gets going, I can hear him all the way FROM CALIFORNIA!

 

Ollie says, "sshhh" – oh, okay

 

hmm… what else…? Oh! I know! That we aren't dapper dressers!

 

 

Anthony, the original Mr. Dapper

 

 

Manolo, the Cool Cat

 

Verity, Mistress of The Shades

 

 

…or that we are not beautiful

 

 

my friend Mia is simply stunning

 

 

so, too, is Verity

 

 

and Ollie! (all right, all right, you are HANDSOME, not BEAUTIFUL!)

 

 

where do people get this malarkey from anyway? or how about that we are not strong? that low tone equates a lack of strength?

 

 

tell that to Strong Man, Evan

 

 

..or that we are not tight with our siblings…

 

 

Broden and his bro's

 

…or that our mouths are always open, tongue out!  

 


 

 

yeah, right

 

 

…just try and make me open my mouth!

 

 

…you know… bowl haircuts, tongues, tone, whatever – anything that makes us other than who we really are

 

 

sparkling

 

 

playful

 

uniquely lovely

 

 

spririted

 

 

and with spirit

 

 

We are children. As any other. With or without extra chromosomes. See us beautiful.
It's who we really are.

 

** love and thanks to the mommies who trusted me with the photos of their precious little ones – tune in and follow those with blogs to stay connected **

 

Samantha: The Bates Motel
 
 
 
 
 
Meriah
Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.
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