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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Each an Individual!

     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!    


  1. I loved reading this. Too many people disseminate untrue, hurtful ideas about people with cognitive disabilities, especially the idea that such individuals all share the same sunny disposition. It's a contemptuous effort set forth by ignorant people to convince other ignorant people that individuals with disabilities are inherently less valuable than "normal" people--those same people who are "normal" right up until they develop Alzheimer's, Lou Gherig's, a bad back, or any number of other disabilities.

    Many people argue that we are at a point where we no longer have to "deal with" people who have down syndrome or other detectable congenital differences. But why should we stop there? Do all of these "normal" people ever stop to consider how eugenics might work against people like them? There are very few people on this earth--arguably none--who are ideal. Truthfully, none of us deserve to be here if our flaws are taken into consideration without regard for our individual strengths and qualities. More people should stop and remember that. It's important.

    1. Thank You Anonymous, what an insightful comment!
      I agree totally. Before I lost my vision, I had the misconception that I was quite healthy. And yes if there is no need for those with "disabilities" where does that put me?!

  2. I love your descriptions of all the boys. It must be so neat observing them interact with each other, different people, and their world as you get to know their different personalities.

    1. Thanks Carol! I think people think we kind of group them all together through out their day. Nope! Julius is running through the house,(in fact today Julius decided to see if the front door was unlocked!!) Noah is walking along the furniture investigating, Pauly is looking to sit on a couch, Jacob is hoping he can be left to sit unbothered and Mosie is yelling "Hey! Someone come help me!" It might look like mass chaos! LOL! But we wouldn't have it any other way!

  3. I LOVE the "group of boys" pics, too! I just plain LOVE YOUR BOYS!


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