A couple weeks ago I had two conversations, one day apart.
Both of them different, but both very encouraging for me regarding the future of our little girl.
The first one was in the grocery store. I was in the checkout line behind a lady who had a little boy in the seat of her shopping cart.
It took me about 2 seconds to realize he had Down syndrome. So I had decided to pick that line.
Our cashier was slow, so I started a conversation. It turned out she was the grandma, and it was fun to talk to her.
I noticed how she spoke Spanish to the little boy, so I wondered if he was bilingual. And sure enough, her daughter is from Costa Rica and she speaks both English and Spanish with him, and he understands both!
Our oldest two daughters are bilingual (English and Dutch), so it has been our plan to teach our youngest two languages, too.
Three even if you count sign language. I have learned that there are different opinions on that subject,
but I have found examples of people with Down syndrome who speak 2 or even more languages.
One thing we know for sure, if we don't try it, she for sure won't be bilingual.
So it was good for me to hear from someone else who is doing the same thing!
The day after that I was in the library with my 3 girls.
I noticed a girl, about 12 years old, sitting at a table with a girl in her early twenties.
They were playing an educational card game. The younger girl had Down syndrome.
I was kind of curious, but didn't want to interrupt them. So we picked our books, and the girls wanted to play at the computers, so I let them. Then I saw a third girl running over to the table. She was about the same age as the younger girl, and she hugged her. She did some small talk, and then I heard her say something like: "What you said today to X wasn't so nice, I think you hurt her feelings. I think it's better when you don't do that again." I was pleasantly surprised by the way she handled this situation, and how she kindly tried to teach her what was right and what wasn't.
By that time I was really curious how all these girls knew each other, so I just couldn't help myself and casually walked past and let my little girl wave at them. That always seems to break the ice, and we started talking. It turned out that the older girl was hired to work with the girl with Down syndrome after school to teach her whatever she needed extra help with. I had kind of figured that out just watching them. The younger girl was a in the same school as the girl with Down syndrome, and she knew her.
To me it was really heartwarming to realize this was a schoolmate, who was really nice and caring.
Sometimes I can't help but wonder what the future holds for our little one, and witnessing this was just what I needed.
"31-for-21" Challenge - Day 30