For those not blessed with a family member with an extra chromosome it is a day of awareness and for those lucky enough to be, it is a day to celebrate our loves. I wish I been more interested in blogs and facebook before Cate, maybe then I would have seen these types of posts and known what joy awaited me when Cate was born. Since I haven't posted in forever I thought I'd give you few words and a lot of pictures - since seeing Cate not listening to me is the reason my very few readers come here!
I celebrate Cate and her extra chromosome because ...
She is beautiful inside and out
She can play alone for hours with only her imagination (much to her sister's dismay)
She is super competitive - especially in the pool
She loves to perform and isn't at all scared of a huge crowd and bright lights
Her love of animals is so pure
Her compassion is obvious - while riding on the Homecoming Float in the midst of so much attention her main thought was to comfort her nervous sister not to wave
She is stubborn as the day is long - this may be the reason for most my gray hairs but it also part of the force that propels her to challenge the views of her disability and push her to not just meet but exceed the expectations put in front of her. She is a champion in every way both in my heart and in the world.