The Best of Humanity Part Two

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” -Shel Silverstein

Brian Donovan, our second keynote speaker, opens with a series of inspirational quotes, and that one brought tears to my eyes. Before Sienna arrived, I spent so much time wondering about this baby growing inside of me. I had dreams for her and our family. I constantly pictured Haley with this new sibling. After four miscarriages, we had big hopes for our future. When Sienna finally arrived, we thought we crossed the finish line. Then, we found out about her Down syndrome diagnosis. I thought it meant we had to give up those dreams. I had much to learn.

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The Best of Humanity Part One

As I walked around the hotel banquet room, I chose to eavesdrop on the conversations I was overhearing.

One woman has her arm around another mom and is rubbing her back. I struggle to hear their conversation. I overhear some words that I recognize…..”IEP, full inclusion, school.”

Some conversations are less serious….unicorns, Down syndrome awareness shirts, and prickly pear margaritas by the lazy river.

Then there are the comments that signify the entire reason we are here.

“We are finally meeting. I feel like I know you, but now I can actually hug you. I am so glad you are here.”

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