Arvind here with a really heart warming story about more and more people in the UK choosing to give birth to Down Syndrome babies:-
Many parents opting to keep Down’s babies
I am really pleased to learn that nowadays people are much more accepting and aware of the needs of Down’s Syndrome babies. In my life I have met many people with Down’s Syndrome and I also have a first cousin who is the most loving and lovable person I know.
The best thing for me is that even when a couple know that their baby has been tested positively for Down’s Syndrome before birth, they are choosing to have the baby anyway and bestowing it with all their love and caring.
Who wants “designer babies” anyway?!
When my cousin was born just over 20 years ago, there was a lot less awareness, understanding and even acceptance about Down’s Syndrome. I once even had a visit from a neighbour who was going around from door to door raising a petition against a council run home on our street for Down’s Syndrome people. I was simply lost for words as to what to tell her and where to go. But thankfully, most of the rest of our community was very supportive and it was great to see a number of adult Down’s Syndrome people able to live “normal” lives together.
A few years ago, I was at a musical festival in Hyde Park and star billing was for this amazing musical band called “Heart n Soul” whose members all had Down’s Syndrome. It was a really moving moment and quite a few people around me were visibly moved.
It is good to be human and allow yourself to be vulnerable.
Many years ago, at a wedding party in India, I saw a little Down’s Syndrome boy dancing on the floor, splendidly resplendent in a dinner jacket and bow tie. He was a better dancer than me any day, and I later found out that he had won a number of national awards for his dancing and music, in competitions for “normal” children.
I went up to him, chatted and made friends, and asked him to show me how I could dance like him. A few minutes later his mother came to me with tears in her eyes and said how much she appreciated me talking to her son, as most people just ignored him.
Maybe this was also a cultural thing, being in India, but whatever it was, to me it seemed the natural thing to go up and chat to him. I was drawn to him and just followed my natural feelings.
So many times we all hide our true human feelings and we do not allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
What is the most heart warming thing or act of kindness you have experienced yourself?
Indeed, what is the kindest thing you have ever done yourself?
And in this week of thanksgiving, what will YOU do to open your heart?