March 21st is one of my favorite days of the year. This is the day we celebrate Down syndrome. My social media feeds are filled with beautiful faces with big, bright smiles and almond eyes. Mommas are out in numbers educating and advocating. It’s just a day to celebrate everything that makes my girl lovely and unique.
I never thought this was a club that I would be excited to be a part of. In fact I would have turned it down without a second thought. But sometimes life knows what you need more than you do. And I was given the best gift I didn’t know I really needed.
Having Lucie has given me a tight knit community of friends and warrior mommas. I will never be alone again. She has opened my eyes to acceptance of all kinds of differences- and the ability to see the beauty in all of it. She has helped me to slow down and enjoy the moment. True mindfulness, which we now know is a key component of a healthy and happy life. She has shown me grace, strength, patience and pure unadulterated joy.
I used to look at moms like me with pity. Now I feel sad for families that don’t get to experience the blessings that I have each and every day. Is it hard some days? YES. No doubt. But is it worth it? What do you think?