Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Sadie
Join us in October for Down Syndrome Awareness Month as families from one of our Ds support groups share,
what they wish others knew about their child with Down syndrome.
To many people, a dandelion is a weed. It can be considered a nuisance plant that robs other more deserving handpicked plants of precious nutrients. I am lucky though. Since having kids, dandelions have become some altogether beautiful to me.
We visit Heritage Park in every season, but dandelion season is my most favorite. Seeing an entire field of yellow blooms I see JOY, HAPPINESS, SUNSHINE radiating. When we go back and see the transformation to white tufts of magical wishes ready to blow, I see why a dandelion is often used as an image for spreading seeds of kindness. I see Sadie as a dandelion.
Do people willingly plant dandelions in their yard? Most don’t. But if you have watched the magic of a child interacting with a dandelion you just might. Sadie is joy, sunshine, happiness. She is pure. She is innocent. Many of her “dandelion friends” are known for their outpouring of love toward anyone and everyone.
When I see people stomping on her or pulling her out like a weed, I want to go straight up mama bear. The world needs more dandelions. In a field of roses, SHE IS A WILDFLOWER. Children are born loving dandelions. It is adults who do not like them. Children follow the example of their parents. So… in a world where you could be anything, BE KIND. You may be surprised about what grows and blooms as a result.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 NIV