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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Great Equalizer

Halloween is the great equalizer.

For those of you who have read my blog in the past, you know that my son has special needs.  You also know that, similarly to Down Syndrome, this genetic anomaly has specific facial characteristics.  Wide set eyes.  Down turned mouth.  Greek Warrior Helmet.  blah blah blah….  And although I embrace those physical characteristics as “just part of Alexander,”  I don’t really put much thought into them everyday.

I have friends that do.  I have friends who have told me they hear whispers.  “Look at that weird looking kid.”  “ohhh… look at those eyes.”  Again.. blah blah blah.  But – as a mother, those words hurt.  I don’t want to hear people making fun of my son.  And for this reason, I think Halloween is quickly becoming my favorite holiday. 

On Halloween, everyone tries to look different … so even the most different child – looks the same.
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Halloween – I love you.
Photo from last year’s Halloween

This year – a website that I’m a part of http://www.wolfhirschhorn.org is hosting a competition. 

The CUTEST Halloween picture will win an I Pad 2. 

I have to pause while I try to catch my breath.  An I Pad 2.  It is only open for children with Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome.

It could be the key to unlock my trapped son.

Of course, I want Alexander to win – I’ve gotten the IPhone – and I can tell you that Alexander interacts with it. I am so excited for when he can start making connections between touching things and cause and effect and possibly use it to tell me what he wants.  But … honestly, it doesn’t have to be us that wins it.  Any child with WHS could benefit from it.  The IPad2 could be the key to unlocking all the “trapped” children.    So stinking Excited!!!

All of our parents are excited to win it. So, seriously – head over to www.wolfhhirschhorn.org and vote for cute kids.  You can vote for someone else – not Alexander.  Because I know it will go to a good home and help a child. 

So here are our Halloween Costumes.  We found a costume for Alexander that matched Andrew and Addison’s  birthday theme…. so we just went with it.
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I know.  He’s the cutest.  God, do I love my kids.  We are excited to trick –or – treat.  We are excited to dress up.  We are excited to L.I.V.E.
Here are our photos.  Hope you enjoyed life from our Wild Wild West.  You can go check out the pictures  and vote - starting November 4th.   Follow me on Facebook or Twitter and I will remind you.

4 Comments:

At October 27, 2011 at 6:34 AM , Blogger Krista @ Not Mommy of the Year said...

Your boy is wonderful and beautiful. On Halloween or any other holiday
Wait. Is Halloween a holiday? Hm...

 
At October 27, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

Krista - ha ha! I'm going ahead and calling Halloween a holiday. Yeah - I know it is pagen and a cellebration of the dead - but I'm over that stuff. We like dress up :)

 
At October 27, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Diane said...

All of your children are beautiful and precious. Love the monkey costumes! My youngest son was a monkey one year but everyone kept calling him a mouse.

 
At October 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Shell said...

So darling!

 

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