This is not something I understood 7 years ago, it was a lesson that only Cate could teach me. She has taught me that no person can be defined by a label. Even when that label is reality there just isn't enough room on it to write all the important stuff. So it is a reality that Cate has Down syndrome but Cate is uniquely herself and there is no one else like her.
Since she can't write this for herself let me tell you who I think Cate is:
Cate is a beautiful seven year old
Cate is a student
Cate is an athlete
Cate is a big sister
Cate is adventurous
Cate is creative
Cate is a performer
Cate is a daddy's girl
Cate is her mother's pride and joy
She is the light of our lives because she is unique. She is loved.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day!and Thank you to all of those who work to make sure that all the unique kids like Cate can be seen for the people they are and the potential they embody.