Saturday, May 25, 2013

Your Son Is Adorable...

...said a very handsome man--though not as handsome as my man--in the parking lot at BJ's this afternoon. He was one of several patrons at the warehouse store who noticed Max, who was especially charming and playful today. This man's complement was different, somehow. Though it was subtle, I could see a hint of knowing in his eyes, like that almost imperceptible acknowledgement between two people when they secretly realize they belong to the same club. I was just about to ask him when he said, "I have a daughter with Down syndrome." Just one simple sentence, and an instantaneous connection is made.

"You do? How old is she?"

"She's ten."

"Oh, do you live around here?"

"Well, no, in Rhode Island."

Bummer. The club is a small one and it's always so exciting to meet new members. There is such comfort to be found in the shared experiences that connect people who live under the same unusual circumstances. There's a sense of camaraderie that is absent in other relationships. It's nice.

We didn't talk long. Max waved goodbye and we left. I smiled all the way home.

My son is adorable, isn't he?

Not much in the way of pics today, but as thanks to you for reading, a cute one, courtesy of my dad.



  1. Yes, he is adorable! I just realized, he's sitting on me.

  2. He is adorable, because of those rosy cheeks, that happy smile and the twinkle in his eyes!

    1. Thank you so much. When he gets that smile on his face it's nearly impossible not to smile yourself!

  3. Amy, I don't know you but I know your mom. My name is Carol Hayes and I went to school with your mom many years ago. Max IS adorable--not because he has Down, and not in spite of it--he just IS! I really enjoy following your blog! I know you are a great mom for that adorable little boy! I don't know how to get this posted, but I'll just post as anonymous if the system will let me.

    1. Carol, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot. He is a very special little boy and we wouldn't change him for anything in the world. I'm glad that you can see it too!