AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL PARENTS OF A BEING WITH DOWN SYNDROME

Composite pic Jon baby, adultYour child will surpass you in intelligence.

That is because his/her intelligence 
is of a different kind than you possess,
and at times it will be superior to yours.
You will learn at your child’s feet,
as your child will learn at yours.

When your child entered this planet,
a doorway opened to an unfiltered Love
like you had not experienced before.

The “normal” barriers to love,
those egocentric barbed walls
we throw around ourselves,
are missing in your child.

Love is communicated unobstructed.
When your child hugs you,
you know this.

At the same time, difficult behavior,
cognitive blocks, and more
will test you. Stretch you.
Dare you to become more
than you ever dreamed you could become.

When the difficulties seem greater
than the love, step back.
Remember the far deeper, broader vision
that your child came in with
in the first place.

This is all a sweet plot
to stretch your heart
and your patience,
your understanding
and your character.

Our own love and understanding
eventually opens vast vistas
within and without.
We are blessed.

-Natalie Hale

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