I still remember the day I received the results. "The baby tested positive for Down Syndrome." When the woman told me that I was having a girl, I collapsed to the floor and burst into tears. I was growing this precious life inside of me and was in love with her already. I was also suddenly afraid of all the unknowns.
Sometimes we become so entrenched in the valleys of our lives that we fail to stop, get over ourselves, and take a look around at the other billions of people in this world who are also going through some things. We easily convince ourselves that our lives are uniquely complicated until we encounter someone whose life challenges quash even the worst of our days.
As we enter the playground area, your child immediately points to mine, calling loudly "Mom, look at HER!" You quickly hush him, calling him to you to quietly reprimand him. You're at the end of the same grocery store aisle when your child catches a glimpse at the baby in my cart and asks "why is that baby so red?"