“Oh, I have one of those!” 🥴
Says the lady standing in line behind me.
Even though “one of those” made me cringe and clench my jaw, I could tell she was beaming to just even talk to me about Camille.
She went on to tell me how her sister who is 42 and has Down syndrome lives with her, and how much fun our lives are going to be!
She showed us a picture of her with pride saying she loves theme parks and fast rides, and how sassy she is.
She told me that when her mom gave birth to her, the nurse called her sister a monster and scolded the mother about bringing her into the world.
Then the doctors told her she would only live to be 12 years old - for no other reason than because she has Down syndrome.
She said her mom raised her sister no differently than the other 7 of her siblings and told them not to be upset at people who stared at her because “people don’t know any better.”
Lately I’ve been really hating social media. All I see is hatred, evil, divide, people fighting each other with their twitter fingers - just some depressing shit.
But after speaking with this woman today it made realize how important social media can be sometimes. It’s giving me a place to teach others about Down syndrome so that they aren’t seen as monsters or undesirable like some still think.
I’m doing my best to show what our real life consists of - everything from being a cry baby in my stories, to sharing my fears, how I struggle with mental health, what my thoughts are in the current status of our country, to the pure joy Camille brings to us and the world.
I hope at the very least seeing her makes you smile today 💕