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This website is dedicated to parents of children with Downs Syndrome. (updated 06th January 2011)
When a baby is born and appears quite ''normal'', we parents are not given a detailed catalogue of information about the risks of what might go wrong in the future. We are not told about the chances that a heart condition, hearing problem, visual defect and so on might appear. We are not given lists of statistics about the risk of delinquency, drug abuse or success at school; we go home and dream our dreams for a happy future. If we were given such a list, we would need to learn to live with the information and control our imaginings of what might happen.
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I wanted them to be perfect.
When they were babies,
I wanted them to smile and be content playing with their toys.
I wanted them to be happy and to laugh continually
instead of crying and being demanding.
I wanted them to see the beautiful side of life.
As they grew older,
I wanted them to be giving instead of selfish.
I wanted them to skip the terrible twos.
I wanted them to stay innocent forever.
As they became teen-agers,
I wanted them to be obedient and not rebellious, mannerly and not mouthy.
I wanted them to be full of love, gentle and kind-hearted.
"Oh, God, give me a child like this" was often my prayer.
One day He did. Some call him handicapped... I call him Perfect!!
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Please send your story or poem to firstname.lastname@example.org you can make a difference to a new parent. I just want to tell everybody how wonderful life is with our children, they change your whole perspective on life and fill every day with a little sunshine.