Earlier this summer, Chris and I were out walking one night trying to get the kids sleepy enough to put them to bed when a woman came up to us while she was walking her dog with her triplet granddaughters and all she said was "O.M.G. that's all. I. have. to. say". She came running over to Colin, swooped him up and immediately fell in love. It turns out, she has a nephew with Down Syndrome who she raised for awhile until his siblings were old enough and decided that they wanted him to live with them. She swoons over Colin and Colin just loves her granddaughters. Every day she came over to get a hug and a kiss from Colin and we talked all summer. Her nephew is in late 30s/early 40s-ish (I can't remember exactly what she said). Whenever she would have guests, she would tell them about Colin so new people would walk on the beach and immediately say "hi colin!".
I have met so many people on the beach and around town this summer who know someone with Down Syndrome. They enjoy sharing their story about their friend, family member, friend of a friend, etc. that has Down Syndrome and how much they have changed their lives.
It's a community of people. We know someone with Down Syndrome and we love someone with Down Syndrome and our lives are better because of our special ones.
We are an awesome community and I am proud to be a part of it!