There was a time when people pitied parents who gave birth to a child with Downs Syndrome. But perceptions have changed over the years and now folks understand that these kids are just like any other child.
Children with Downs Syndrome are capable of so much more than many people realize. They play, they grow, they can be naughty, they can learn, be creative and they can love, just like "regular" kids.
If there is any doubt in anyone's mind about this, they only need to watch a couple of videos to see that love doesn't see labels. For World Down Syndrome Day, which took place on March 21st, some "mums" and parents posted on YouTube to let the world know that value and worth and not diminished by developmental differences.
Don't Stop Me Now
Rocking out to the Queen hit, kids demonstrated just how "able" they are. Playing pool, lifting weights, lip syncing with air guitar, dancing, climbing and playing basketball, they proudly tell the world that they can do what other kids do. The video has gone viral, and it's changing the way people view these kids, which is the aim of the organization, Wouldn't Change a Thing. They are out to alter the misconceptions about the children they love. Watching Don't Stop Me Now is a journey of discovery, and the joy is unmistakeable.
This is What Love Looks Like
A second video is a flood of emotion. 50 Mums/50 Kids/ One Extra Chromosome is a tribute to Mother Love. Moms and their little ones in the United Kingdom sing karaoke to each other, "time has brought your heart to me" from A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Seeing the love and devotion here would pull on the heartstrings of the even the most hardened cynic.
In a social atmosphere where people are bribing college officials to get into Ivy League schools, these moms are rejoicing just to have these beautiful children to love, even though they are not "perfect" in the eyes of the world. They are saying, my kid is like your kid, she feels the same, he loves the same, they feel the same. This is what love looks like.
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