A while back, a friend sent this picture to me. It was taken on a camping trip with a few other families. I positively melted when I saw it. Above all else, the thing that made Laynee so..........Laynee, was the fact that she had Down Syndrome. Laynee's physical features of having an extra 21st chromosome were not always very evident, especially when she was really little. Often when people would see her, they would have no idea and would be shocked when I would explain that she has DS. People liked to say "She must have very mild DS." Well, in truth, this is a very incorrect statement. There is no such thing as "mild" Down Syndrome. One either has it or they don't, there is no in between.
When we looked at Laynee, we did not see Down Syndrome. We saw a beatiful little girl with lots of spunk and more energy than anyone I ever knew. A little girl who brought joy and sunshine and laughter to every single day of our life.
Now, as I look back at pictures. I find that my favorites are those in which the look of Down Syndrome
is clearly evident. This picture is one of those and I adore it.
I would give everything I own to kiss those chubby cheeks, just one more time.