Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oh, how times have changed.

I can't help but think back to three years ago, when I was invited to my first Buddy Walk.

"What the heck is a Buddy Walk?"


"Why would I want to go to that?" I asked, four-month-old baby resting quietly in my arms.

"Lots of people with Down syndrome? Um. No. I don't think we can make it."

In my head, I was thinking of how uncomfortable I'd surely be. I could picture myself leaving in tears. I would probably stare and might say something inappropriate. I wouldn't be able to be social and enjoy myself. Why would they do something like this anyway? It couldn't possibly be fun for anyone. How sad. All these people, gathering in a park or something, pretending to have a good time.


This month alone we'll have gone to three walks in the effort to raise Down syndrome awareness.

It is fun. For the entire family and our friends.

I love it.

And I mean it.

Click on the links above if you're interested in learning more and/or attending a Buddy Walk. Not all areas have a BW, but there are similar events by other names that you can find by searching out your local Ds group. For example, in WI, we attended DSAW - Fox Cities' "Down Syndrome Awareness Walk" and Sacramento's Down Syndrome Information Alliance calls their walk "Step Up for Down Syndrome."


The Hapa Girl said...

Can't wait to see you tomorrow! OH...I must share and remind you of the tears you shed when I met you for the very first time! I'm just happy that I have had the pleasure of meeting you and your family! ANd that those tears were tears of joy!