Because today is the 21st day of the 3rd month, it is World Down Syndrome Day. Some clever person came up with this idea and day to represent the 3 copies of chromosome 21; also known as trisomy 21, it is the chromosomal condition that causes Down syndrome.
Lucky for our family, we have reason to celebrate today. You know her from this blog; she is the current Bashaw Elementary Student-of-the-Month; and she’s never forgiven Luke for chewing off Woody’s hand. She’s Ella!
We spent the evening on Lido Beach eating cupcakes, drinking sangria, chasing birds, learning to skim board, looking for the green flash in the sunset, and celebrating Ella. She’s well worth it. And instead of pointing out something that makes her different because she has Down syndrome, I’d rather point out something that makes her just like every other kid – partly to emphasize that she is no different and shouldn’t be treated as such but also because I’m her aunt and it was just plain cute. My brother Bobby did the same thing at her age. In fact, I can’t remember one picture of him not hovering the classic bunny ears over someone’s head. Little brothers are always good targets, so Doodlebop Dylan was the bunny tonight.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day! If you’d like to get involved or donate, visit www.manasotabuds.org.