Friday, March 16, 2007

Encounters

We went out to dinner tonight to Smokey Bones. As we were walking in another family was coming out. After our kids had tromped in and theirs had tromped out there was that awkward moment when the adults try to figure out who should go next. The father paused a second too long. I looked up and in his arms was a beautiful little girl with DS. He was looking at Nicky and I understood why. A look of recognition passed between us and the moment was broken.

I never know what to say when I encounter another family with a child with DS. Certainly, I don't want to be wrong but I always feel I should say something, or something more.

As we were walking out we ran into a family we know from the kids' school. They have twin daughters in M.E.'s class and a son with DS who's almost 14. We chatted a few minutes and drove home. On the way home it hit me that 30 or so years ago, all three of these children might well have been in an institution. So good to be living now.

4 comments:

jennifer said...

Yes, and yes! I too never know what to say, and I agree, it's a great time for our kids.

Rebecca said...

Just stopping by to wish you a happy World Down Syndrome Day!

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Imperfect Christian said...

I know the feeling! I always want to say something, especially since we live in such a small town and those encounters are rare...but I always end up standing there with a stupid grin on my face! Oy vey!