My aunt once told me that Matthew would touch and inspire many lives in his lifetime. She said this a few days after he was born when we were trying to comprehend how Down syndrome would affect his life and ours.
A few weeks ago, the features writer of our local newspaper contacted me interested in writing about my blog and Matthew. I was nervous and excited at the same time about the idea of being featured in the paper: nervous about answering questions and not knowing how the article was going to turn out and excited about this being an opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome in our community.
The article Sharing Her 'Gift from God' With the World was in the August 27-29, 2010 weekend paper. I was expecting a short article but was happily surprised with a full front page article in the features section. It is such a well-written and inspiring piece of work, as many people we meet in town and online have commented.
I love her perspective of my blog. I never thought of it like the way she put it, which is 'sharing my gift from God with the world'. It is what I'm doing though, just as fellow bloggers who have kids with Down syndrome are doing. There have been many others before me and there will be many others yet to be born into this world and into blogland.
It is one of the ways to advocate for our children with Down syndrome - showing how kids with Down syndrome make us smile, worry, cry and laugh, just like any other child would and showing how kids with Down syndrome learn, grow and develop, just as uniquely as any other child would.
It's a way to connect with other parents who are on a similar lifelong journey as us. It could be the source of inspiration and strength for a mother-to-be with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or for new parents of a child with Down syndrome.
It is one of the ways that Matthew will touch and inspire many lives, just as my aunt had known all along.