Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pay It Forward.

My intital plan for #7 on the Plus list, Pay it Forward, was to do something like pay for someone's meal behind me in the drive-thru line, or randomly & anonymously send money to someone I know needed it. But I think this means so much more...

First, let me start with Patsy. My great-aunt Patsy. She had Down Syndrome. And she was special. I've often been told as a tiny girl, 1 and 2 years old, I followed her around, calling after her, "Pat Pat, Pat Pat." Of course I don't remember that, and I don't remember much of her growing up, except at holidays. She was in a home in Canton when my great-grandmother became in ill, and passed away. She was later put in a home in Alvarado, closer to us in West. Mom would go get her every weekend she could. Mom would've taken her to live with us, if she could've. But Patsy was kind, and warm. And my favorite thing about her was her laugh, and the way she loved to kid around. She always said, "You kidding!"
When she would come on the weekends, she always wanted to help. My mom let her do anything she wanted to help out. One day I came home from work or a friend's I can't remember, and got a glass from the cabinet. [It was my job to do the dishes, and I had a nice, orderly, organized system]. When I opened the cabinet, everything was messy. I remember fussing, "Who did this!?" My mom graciously said, "Patsy. She wanted to help." I've never, ever, ever felt so small & horrible in my whole life. And it still makes me cry.  I can't remember if I slinked away to my room, or if I turned and told her thank you. At any rate, my point is people with Down Syndrome are people. And I don't care what anyone says, they are special people. They want nothing more than anyone else on this earth. To love, and be loved. To help, to make a difference. And to everyone who is a family member of, or a friend of, or an acquaintance of  a human, hence the word human, with Down Syndrome knows these facts to be true. And I believe that it takes such a special person to given a child with Down Syndrome. God knows what he is doing.
Anyhow, last night while laying in bed, purusing Facebook, as I often do at night since it takes me hours to fall asleep. I came across this blog post post on a friend's page. Thank you Keeley Barr for sharing. As I read it, lovingly viewed all of the faces, I wept, and I knew immediately this would become my Pay it Forward. This morning, and after showering, I immediately went to my laptop & read more. Read about the birth of this special woman's baby, and her thoughts, and emotions, and feelings. And I've never read something more raw, more real, more horribly honest. Please read this blog post, and share it with your friends. The little girl's name is Nella, and she has fund set up in her name, called "Nella's ONEder Fund." The goal is to raise $30,000 by January 29th, Nella's 1st birthday. I've done my part in spreading the word, and donating in my great-aunt Patsy's name, now do your's...Get the word out about the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and most importantly, Pay it Forward.

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