The NDSC Conference is happening right this very minute, over in Denver (which I can’t think of without getting John Denver on auto-looping-ear-worm-play in my head) and boy do I want to be there right now! These are my top 5 reasons why, listed in random order of importance:
EVERY-BODY except Melissa is there (but wait – do you know there is a facebook group called “Moms Named Melissa Who Have a Child with Down syndrome”? It’s true. There is). I think she and I are the only ones not there? Becca’s there, Courtney and her posse are, Kecia is there and that’s just off the top of my Instagram feed.
I LOVE DANCING!!! And the NDSC Conference has it! A place where we can all get down!
3. Staying in a Hotel.
This is my place:
See, I have this 3 year old named MOXIE and she can tear down any given room in two minutes, timed. Plus, she likes to be “helpful” and resolve problems before they’ve even happened:
A hotel stay right about now sounds like heaven.
These are my daily conversation partners:
I’m not even sure I’d know what to do with my tongue when faced with lots of people that don’t need to be told to not hit each other or to SHARE, ok, cuz SHARING is CARING and by golly, WE CARE.
I’d probably start out with something, then it’d catch up with me along the way, OH MY GOD YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING! and I would start crying or do something equally embarrassing.
5. People with Down syndrome:
I would dearly love to have friends with Down syndrome and frankly, it bothers me that I don’t. I’d love to be in a place where I can meet and make friends with adults with Down syndrome. The photos from the convention boast lots of photos of couples with Ds, of adults with Ds, of more adults with Ds holding kids with Ds and all of those photos make me long to connect with those folk.
3 out of my 5 reasons are really just people, and my other two reasons are completely frivolous (-dancing and staying at a hotel?). I feel like I should say how I yearn to go to workshops and learn more and it’s TRUE, I do. There is so very much more that I want to learn about how this extra chromosome presents itself and how I can best help guide my daughter and help her thrive.
But right now, I’d most like to just dance. And make new friends, meet people in real life that I’ve only connected with virtually. And yeah, sleep between crisp, clean sheets with a super clean floor.
Those of you there? I’m counting on you for notes! Info! Photos! And a big huge one: those of you connecting with Emma Saylor and Patti Richmond, I’m really looking forward to knowing what I can do to help further #justiceforethan.
(take some of y’all dancing, would you? thanks, love from, your friend, Meriah)
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.