to David, who has Down syndrome. She writes,
I met Jennifer in the flesh on Monday. We had lunch together. I wanted to share some poetry and comments that I have made about my dear brother David. I am the big sister of a beautiful, tender, joyous, enthusiastic, sweet man who also happens to have Down Syndrome. I am a 41 and my brother David is 37. He still lives with my mom who raised 10 kids total (I am the 9th and he is the 10th). Yes, my mother is a goddess! And my father was a great man. David was born in 1969, the time of heavy pressure to institutionalize people with different abilities. My parents chose to take him home. I am so incredibly thankful! I would have missed the essence of what is real and what matters in this life. His teaching has shaped me in so many ways. Ways I can’t even put into words. I can’t begin to imagine my childhood without him. His wisdom continues to lead me as I make choices in my adult life. I am forever affected by his gifts. I am so thankful for a place to rave about my brother and I enjoy reading your stories and comments. Thank you for starting this forum Jennifer.
In talking with Jennifer I realized that I could help parents and others know of the benefits of being a sibling. I do not speak for all but I can tell you of my own experience. I am so amazed at how much more advanced David is in vital skills. He is loving, encouraging, patient, and enduring. Just to name a few. I have always thought of all people with Down Syndrome as David’s cousins. And in that, I have a connection to the gems of the world. To the very people that many spiritual principles teach about. Here are a few: be honest, be in the moment, love one another, do unto others as you would have done unto you, be generous, choose happiness, hug one another, don’t judge, don’t think…feel, find your bliss, laughter is the best medicine, and share. Thank you David, my little bro!
And thank you Cyndi, for sharing your insight into the beauty of your life with your brother.