The teacher at the Copper Harbor school just asked me to do a talk about Down syndrome to the class.
I am fired up about it. Thoughts, facts and things I've learned first hand are flooding my brain. I just wrote a brief outline about the points I want to cover, so I don't forget them all. I'm glad to get the opportunity to take some time to really think about what I want to say.
Because it is really important.
It is about my son.
But on another level, it is about everyone. We are all different, and that is how I plan to start my talk.
Details aside, let me also say this:
It is starting.
My chance to advocate for Braeden and everyone on the planet is starting. It starts small like this, but it is starting. This is my path now, and I need avenues in order to get the word out.
I am excited to share my knowledge with the kids. I hope they enjoy learning about it. I hope they are surprised by what is possible.
And then I look forward to telling you how it went! Stay tuned!
Just another note about this picture. We all came into this world with our own specific gifts, tools, characteristics and handicaps. What we do with them, and how we view ourselves on this planet are truly what define us -- more than what we think we "gain" while we are here.
Think about that for a minute. See you next week!