Today is World Down Syndrome Day
Most people have 2 copies each of their 46 chromosomes.
People who have Down Syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. So we now celebrate them on March 21st. Or 3/21
It was officially recognized in 2012 so for most of Beth's life it didn't even exist. We did 'a thing' for it a few years ago but mostly the day goes by without much fanfare.
But this year, Beth woke up, came upstairs and announced, "Today is my day!"
I got a text the other day telling us that Top Pot Donuts was selling donuts to celebrate people with Down Syndrome!
A friend at church came up to me, grabbed my arm and said she just HAD to tell me... Beth had started a conversation with her. Just out of the blue. If you know Beth you know this is completely out of character. For those of you that don't know her very well, this is completely out of character! I didn't even know that Beth knew her. A said that Beth told her it was Down Syndrome Day and proceeded to tell her about the donuts, of how her grandmother had died... I was shocked! So was she! She said it was the first time Beth had ever talked to her besides saying a rather quiet "Hi" as she walked by.
And A was the second person this week to say Beth had just randomly started talking to them.
It does my heart good to hear stories like this. To know she's still growing and learning and doing things that are hard.
We went out to lunch with Sharaya and Ally and afterward we headed out to get our donuts, only to find out the distribution center had a power outage last night. The store only got about 3 - 4 donuts and they were completely out.
From the back seat Beth says, "We could get cake or something."
So we stopped at QFC and bought some slices of cake that we split between the 5 of us. This 36 year old woman who sometimes forces herself to do hard things, who knows almost every musical by heart, who snorts when she laughs and who loves her family more than anything else on earth, was celebrated today.
It's a journey we never would have chosen but it's one we wouldn't trade for anything in the world!
Happy World Down Syndrome Day Beth!