This weekend we had the opportunity to get away and spend time with extended family. We all had so much fun. At no point during our stay did we ever feel uncomfortable.
We have always been very open about Little Peanut and her medical issues, never hiding anything. In fact when she was born we were faced with a big decision. When we call to tell people we had the baby, do we mention the DS or not? As a couple, we decided to be open and up front about Little Peanut. Whenever we told people about her we told them, Yes she was born with DS, but that it really didn' t mean much other then her possibly doing things a little slower. We have tried our best to educate our so called friends, however, it is to no avail.
But, when we went away, and were around new faces, faces who were not judgemental or pitiful, they were warm and accepting, curious about certain aspects, but respectful by at least asking outright, not whispering behind our backs. My children all had a grand time, just being themselves. All of us together, just being a family.
I think the hardest thing with our the circle of friends, is that we have been open about everything. We have tried to talk to them at different times, yet it comes down to they dont want to say the wrong thing, so they say nothing at all. At this point we are at in our relationships i am finding that parents of children with special needs are very unique in that we are out going and open and truly honest about life and its expreiances. Those who are not in our shoes do not understand how fragile life is. How important it is to enjoy the little things in life, not worrying so much about which store to buy clothes in or who has the newest car or biggest diamond or trendiest shoes. The things that are important are the smiles at the end of the day, the accomplishment of taking a first step and reaching towards mom or dad for help.
So this weekend was refreshing beacuse we were accepted for what we are, just another family who wants to spend time together and enjoy those little moments.