The news of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s son Cole, and his diagnosis at one-month-old of Down syndrome, has been online for a few days.
I didn’t comment earlier, because I remember our diagnosis (at five days, for Avery) and our stay in the NICU (three weeks for Bennett, five for Avery). It was such a difficult time for our family; no words were the right ones. “Congratulations!” seemed hollow and unrealistic; “Deepest sympathy” made me mad. And I didn’t have what felt like our private, family news discussed all over the Internet.
But I’ve been thinking about this newborn mother.
I imagine when Rep. McMorris Rodgers entered public life, she knew it would require sacrifice. Certainly, that’s true now. Being mother to Cole has brought her into the media focus over issues many of us care deeply about; I wish her strength, and peace-of-mind, as she manages this new, unexpected role.