The other day Silvi and I took a walk to downtown Linden Hills (not even a block away, I love where we live!). We popped into Sebastian Joe's for an ice cream. As we were leaving I saw a lady walking with another young lady into Bibelot (a fun, girly kind of shop). I noticed that the young lady only slightly looked like she had Down Syndrome. I followed them into the store even though I had not intended on going in previously. Ok, so I've kind of gotten a little bolder in my old age...I observed the two women as they shopped. When the older lady was separated from the younger and went up to pay I walked up to her. I asked, "Is that your daughter?", "No, actually she's my niece", she said. I then asked, "Does she have Down Syndrome?". Her smile faded as I asked the question. "Yes, she does.", was her response. I then said, "My son has Down Syndrome too." She immediately stepped out of line, eager to talk to me.
Jenny is 25 years old. She had just moved into a house with some other girls. She graduated from High School and reads such books as Hannah Montana. Now this part really amazed me, Jenny has had "0" surgeries, I mean none! I couldn't believe my ears. How wonderful for her and her family. I wish that were the case for my Ian and for all others with Ds.