World Down Syndrome Day, 3/21

3/21 is Down Syndrome Day.  Down Syndrome, aka, Trisomy 21, meaning when those tiny gametes met to create a zygote — there was an extra chromosome 21 — and that little zygote grew up to be our adorable miracle: Grant.

So, he’s just like the rest of us, except he has an extra chromosome.  It can make some things harder for him, like speech and fine motor skills — but it also makes him pretty darn special; anyone who has ever been lucky enough to feel his hug knows exactly what I’m talking about.  He is patient, kind, loving and so stinking funny that he keeps us all giggling.  His connection with animals is infinitely deep, so much that it feels spiritual.  His tolerance of others is one I envy.  He teaches us new life lessons every single day and we are all better and wiser humans for it.

I’m so utterly humbled by and grateful for this little man that I can hardly go a day without seeing him.  He’s my nephew, my little buddy, my helper and my backseat co-pilot and I can’t imagine a life without him. ❤

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