Hope loves to dance and dress up, sing and be goofy. The photographer caught her in her prime at our Special Prom Night in February 2017. She lasted a whole 45 minutes at the dance, but this billboard is a reminder for the entire month of October that she did enjoy the prom, even for 45 minutes.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
For the past 16 years we as a family have participated in a "walk" for awareness. Our local group is called SMILE and we went to the very first Buddy Walk when Hope was 3. Held at the 4-H Fair grounds on a very cold October Saturday, I arrived somewhat late.....as usual. When I drove up to the area where other families were gathered, I was overcome....NO...OVERWHELMED! I could not believe how many people were there. They were there to support my little 3 year old. WOW. I cried!
|Hope loves clowns!|
Now in our 16th year, we have grown. Grown incredibly! We no longer have 150 people celebrating our kids, we have thousands! Our walk is now called the SMILE MILE. It's just a mile....come on...let's walk it!
I say Let's walk it, but I can count on one hand how many times we have actually walked it. When she was little in the stroller....yes. As a grown kid....not so much. Do you know how long a mile is??? Ya, a long way from the Hot Dogs, the clowns, the stickers, the train rides, the ponies, the silent auction, and the bathroom. I can't remember when I walked the Mile with HOPE! Walking verses hanging out in the "building" scoping out all the silent auction items is Hopes idea of the SMILE MILE! One year, we bid on so many items and WON them, that it looked like a Christmas Sleigh Ride to Grannies in our trunk going home!
|Dressed in Christmas theme|
The SMILE MILE has a talent show after the walk, usually at 11. This year her dance troupe will perform first thing. Hope tend to last 45 minutes at all of her events. She may come late to the party, so that participating in the talent show will be pleasant! Pleasant for me that is. I'm hoping to avoid the Silent Auction all together, if she sees that, she will have a hard time leaving that area to dance. She will think someone else will take the stuff she wants.....and believe me....she will want stuff. So wish me luck on working this all out!!
|Hope at the Talent Show, singing and dancing|
October is a great time for Down Syndrome Awareness. It is my favorite month of the year. And Hope is my favorite teenager who just happens to have Down syndrome.
|Cinda and Hope prom night|