Eradicating The World of Down Syndrome People
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- Myths & Truths - National Down Syndrome Society
Today there are still many misconceptions about Down syndrome and those who have it. This guide dispels some of the common myths about Down syndrome.
I am the mother of Shannon, a Down Syndrome adult woman. Please read her story and get to know the wonderful spirit of these wonderful people.
The reason for my story has much to do with the article I have linked. Please read it to fully understand.
Yesterday my husband and I took Shannon, our 44 year old DS daughter, to the shoe store to get her new gym shoes. She wanted to use her own money and we were fine with that since these days gym shoes are not cheap!
The salesman was really sweet with her. They have this machine which tests your feet to help determine where your pressure points are and which shoes would be best for your feet. It also tells the salesman what size shoe you need.
Shannon had to remove her old shoes and step into this machine. She doesn't have the best balance and she started to stumble. The salesman grabbed her hand and even though she was fine, he was very solicitous of her. I was touched by his kindness.
After he fitted her, he suggested to her that she get up and walk around in the new shoes. How I wish I had videotaped her! She was so happy and so excited over a pair of shoes and everyone in that store stopped what they were doing and smiled at her or said something nice to her. She preened in front of the mirrors and asked people if they liked her shoes. Her smile was as bright as a mega watt bulb. What most of us would take for granted, she found extraordinary.
Finding the extraordinary in the everyday ordinary....what a beautiful concept!
What I saw was pure happiness. But it's the same reaction we have come to know and love over the simplest of things. And each and every time it happens, I am reminded of just how special, special really is.
I don't know the people in that store from Adam. But I cannot help but think that maybe their day was made a little bit happier by just seeing my Shannon walking around in her new shoes.
There is no way that the loss of these wonderful people could ever be calculated. But yesterday and Shannon's huge smile and contagious excitement may have come close.
As I write this, she is in her room and I can hear her singing with Bruno Mars only the way Shannon can.
I can't imagine a world where Shannon wouldn't be singing with Bruno Mars.