I know, I post the "group of boys" photos quite a bit! LOL! I LOVE them!
But today I was thinking. 5 boys. From the same Country. Adopted from two orphanages. What do they all really have in common?
People who do not understand may say "Don't all 5 have DS?"
Well yes, they do~ BUT~ does that tell you anything about who they really are? Or describe their personalities, their likes, their dislikes, their strengths?
For example~ our Noah, he's 9. He likes to watch TV, and play with any of his siblings. He hates being accidentally sat on. He'll cry over it for hours! And he does not like rough play. He wants to talk. He likes to travel. He loves to laugh! He's moderately active!
And then there's Jacob, he's 7. He is serious, if something interests him he'll fight to keep it! He's very finicky about his environment. He tolerates traveling. He loves to be tickled. He doesn't sleep easily. He's choosy about the siblings he allows to be near him. He cries, without interest in communicating. He prefers not to be active.
And Moses is happy happy happy, with us. He does know the difference between family and a stranger. He does not offer smiles as freely to strangers. He tolerates a lot of things because he is very dependent on help due to his size. He wants to do big boy things but his hands are too small. His activity level is mostly bouncing because he's so tiny! If he LOVES you, he delights in your presence alone!
Julius is 5 yrs old. He is fiercely independent. He doesn't like being told what to do, he doesn't like to do anything unless it's "his" idea! LOL!! He's quick to react! He keeps us hopping! He climbs and runs and throws!! He only laughs when he wants to!! If you tickle him he'll hold his giggles in!! He's always thinking!! He hates rules!
And last but not least, Pauly who is 5 yrs old too. Pauly is totally sedentary by choice!! He's very laid back! ;o) Most days he sits- and sits by choice. He walks- sloooowly. If he's sitting he does not like to get up and come to you. He inches foreward towards you and sits some more! LOL! Tonight he actually got up and walked over to me for dinner! We clapped and cheered!! He is pretty quiet. If something makes him laugh he laughs for hours!! :o) Pauly learns slowly. But once he learns it he's like the elephant who never forgets!! He likes rules, he likes knowing what to expect!
So there you go. 5 boys, complete opposites in so many ways. Totally unique to themselves. In fact they have more things in common with their brothers and sisters who don't have DS. It just goes to show~ we can be similar and yet very different in so many amazing ways!
5 fearfully and wonderfully made boys!
Thank You God!