My husband and I often wonder what goes on in our son Alex’s head (in a good way). Alex very obviously experiences the world differently from the rest of us, and when I observe him, I wish I had a pair of goggles that would permit me to see things from his perspective.
Lacking the capacity for that, I decided to intently watch and listen, to see if I could, perhaps, gain some insight. This is what I gleaned:
- People are the most important. Alex never takes his loved ones for granted.
- He doesn’t interrupt. Ever. Maybe he’s simply more patient, but I suspect this goes back to #1. People matter to him so he wants to hear us out.
- While he values his inner circle, he doesn’t allow the opinion of outsiders stop him from pursuing his passions or doing what he believes in his heart he must.
- His word is his bond. He won’t tell you yes if he means no or maybe, his yes means yes, and his no means no.
- He has a temper, but all it takes for him to get over it is a little giggle. He never, ever holds grudges.
- Dancing and singing are a daily part of his life. If you happen to see him leaping, turning and two-stepping down the street, pay no mind, his walk has simply turned into a Disney parade.
- The only thing he’s ashamed of is when he hurts others, which is always unintentional.
- He has serious navigational skills. That seems random, but this kid can find his way around the whole county, and he does it by remembering where his friends live.
- Love wins, and he knows it.
I tend to value philosophy, deep thinking and insight, and sometimes overlook simple wisdom. Thankfully I have a living reminder of what is really important and good in this world, because so often I forget.
And by the way, Alex happens to have Down syndrome.
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