Monday, October 01, 2012

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

It's October.

That means 31 for 21.

Thirty-one days of blogging for awareness of Trisomy 21, otherwise known as Down syndrome.

But this year I'd like to expand that concept.

How about 31 days of blogging for awareness of the Gift of Imperfection?

In a world obsessed with perfection, we struggle as never before to meet the impossible standards the media imposes on us.  How do we raise well-balanced children in a society so distorted in its perceptions of reality?   How do I stay balanced myself?

In pondering (well, ok, worrying) about these questions, I have come to realize that the greatest gift our family has received has been that extra chromosome.

A deviation from normal.

Something gone wrong.

That's what the Knowledgeable People say.

But the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

And somehow, I can't think of any better words to describe this concept than in those of Winnie the Pooh.

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

So in the interest of educating all Rabbits (of whom I once was), we welcome October and celebrating the Profound Simplicity of All Poohs.

"I thought she said October was Some Kind of Awareness Month," said Rabbit.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said. 

Join us in this wonderful wacky world of letting go and enjoying the moments, both perfect and imperfect.

1 comment:

Me ;-) said...

Great idea! In my opinion, different is the new normal!