Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Welcome Connection

I'm at work right now, and being a teacher, I have little time for checking emails or making phone calls. Max is at pool therapy with Sean this morning, so when my second period students left I thought I'd check my phone to see if there were any last minute calls about where I put Max's trunks, or did I remember to wash the towels. As I reached for my phone I noticed it was ringing, but I didn't recognize the number. I often don't answer those calls, so it is surprising that I felt compelled to do so this morning. I'm so glad I did! Sarah, the director of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, was on her way to work and just decided to check in!

We chatted briefly about how amazingly well Max is doing. It turns out her teenage son has some of the same  medical history as Max. It was encouraging to hear how well he is doing all these years later. We talked about being working moms, and how it is difficult to juggle everything. She reassured me that I'd start to feel more connected to the community once Max gets a little older. And, of course, I promised that we'd be participating in the Buddy Walk again this year.

It wasn't a long conversation, but that moment of connection was so welcomed...and welcoming. Thanks, Sarah!

I assure you, these tears are happy ones.

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