I’ve heard it said before, and I’m sure I’ll hear it again: it’s all well and good when your kids are young, and they’re cute and fun to be around. But what about when they grow up? How cute will they be, then?
I’ve never had an answer to that question, partly because I don’t know the first thing about any teenager (I’m learning as we go) and partly because I don’t see the use in imagining what might happen 10 years from now in a world that’s changing so fast. So mostly, I nod my head and think, We’ll see what it’s like when we get there.
One thing that gives me great comfort is knowing we won’t be going through it alone. I’ve written before about community; I can’t say enough about how I’ve been amazed and inspired by other parents of children with Down syndrome. Alice from Ups and Downs is a perfect example of why I have hope for the future: she’s involved in a fantastic project called “The Possibles.” It’s a photography club for teenagers with Down syndrome, which you can read about here.