If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you saw it yesterday, but in case you didn’t, here’s a link to a guest post I have up on WhattoExpect.com (yes, the same people who do the books), titled “What Surprised Me Most About Having a Son With Down Syndrome.” If you’ve been around here for very long you probably already know the punch line. 😉
New York City is giving the well-known handicapped symbol a facelift. I think I like it? I’m not sure. Or more specifically, I’m not sure that I care one way or the other. What do you think?
What it does make me think of is a totally unrelated story involving my sister, a school crossing sign, and her written driver’s test when she was fifteen. My sister was a straight-A student but she may or may not have missed the school crossing sign on the test and it may or may not have been because she thought it was a pedestrian crossing sign and that may or may not have been because she thought the kids on the sign carrying books were women carrying purses. 🙂
On Sunday morning the boys went fishing and I was out on the back porch with Sarah Kate and the dogs. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some movement near the wax myrtle trees and then saw Stella looking at something on the ground in front of her. I went to investigate and found a baby bird, alive but not moving much. As I was attempting to ascertain whether it was injured or just afraid, Daisy bounded over and startled it, causing it to move, which (of course!) caused her to pounce.
There was no doubt at that point that the bird was seriously injured and Sarah Kate had (of course!) seen the whole thing. I picked it up and while holding it in my hand gently suggested to her that perhaps we should ring its neck. She was appalled at the suggestion so I held it for a few short minutes until it stopped breathing, which brought a fresh round of Upset Ten Year Old. She wanted to bury it and I told her we’d do that when Daddy got home.
In an attempt to make her feel better, I reassured her that even though the baby bird was dead, his last few minutes he was loved and cared for, didn’t die alone, and all that jazz. It seemed to help and she went inside to get a little bag to put the bird in until Daddy got home.
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But the story (of course!) doesn’t end there. As she was coming back outside, I heard her yelling, “Daisy! What have you got?!?! Drop it!” Birdmaimer Daisy did as she was told and out popped…another dead baby bird. I had already used my best line for consoling her over the death of Bird One, and the circumstances didn’t apply for Bird Two.
We went looking for the nest and found it – protected by a mom and a dad cardinal who kept trying to divert us – at the top of the wax myrtles. I “saw” another baby bird still in the nest, pointed out the mom and dad trying to distract us, and convinced her that there was at least one more bird who would survive (oh, and I crated both dogs). It might have been true, though it was probably a lie, but what’s a mom to do?
I finished the The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich this week (did I mention that it’s over 1200 pages?) and it was well worth the time. It was fascinating to see how things unfolded, though even in 1200+ pages there was still a lot that wasn’t covered. I’d really like to read more about the Nazi era now, because I thought I knew a lot until I read this book and learned a lot I’d never heard before, though I’m having trouble finding just the right book. Suggestions welcomed!
A little boy with Down syndrome is featured in a Care.com commercial, and he has a speaking part! Go here to watch it or click on the video below. More and more companies are seeing the benefit in using kids with disabilities in their advertising – I hope one day soon it won’t be news anymore.
Hat tip to Ellen Seidman for the link!
Have you seen the compilation video I did of Sarah Kate awhile back? It was back in the blog’s early days and used old video of her walking pre- and post-rhizotomy and concluded with a scene of her walking down the street in front of our house. I’m thinking of updating it with current footage. Interested? If there’s enough enthusiasm I’ll do it this weekend and post it next week. If I hear crickets I’ll probably still do it, but not this weekend. 🙂
Have a great weekend!
This post was inspired by and is linked to Conversion Diary‘s 7 Quick Takes.