Last night Marcus threw the “first pitch” at our local baseball field, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Our DSA, the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, invited him to represent. (He took the position seriously check out the fun video at the end of this post of his prep and pitch.)
This Summer is About Baseball
Baseball is one of his themes this year, as also this week we received the copy of Down Syndrome World Magazine with Marcus on the cover along with MLB star Car-Go, (Carlos Gonzalez) A pretty awesome honor, with a feature article and all. I love.
I mean, C’MON! Is this all real?
I may give the impression, or I try to anyway, that we saw all of this coming all along. The weird dichotomy is…Ok – let’s see if I can explain this. I have always believed in Marcus’ imagination. I have always appreciated his uncanny knack for creating and storytelling. I haven’t always believed that others, you know, Others, would get it. Would get him.My shock isn’t at what Marcus has or can do, it’s in the reception Click To Tweet
We parents, we have to fight for our kids to be heard, even when they are (sooo obviously to us) telling their teachers, their communities, the world, what they need, what they feel, what they want. Then, when they find a teacher, a community, a world that listens, that is when we rejoice!
SO, this summer we are headed to NDSC next week, Marcus will be honored as Alum of the year at the Madonna School Celebration and we are kicking off the #BlackDayBook gigs for the upcoming season in Bedford IA with an End of the Summer Monster Bash. (All of this while I try to work in “real life”)
This summer, the world has gone mad, the news is crazy, and our country fractured. My head is down. It’s not buried in the sand, it’s down to push forward in our own way in our own part of the universe. We will work, create, and push forward with love and with hope. We use our voices to carve one little jackolatern of possibility, this summer.
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The world has gone mad, hasn’t it? I suppose it always does. I love to believe in my kids’ imagination, like you believe in Marcus’ – and really, it helps!
I LOVE the video and more that you’re doing so much (also OMG how do you do so much because I’m so overwhelmed). Tucker did Little League this spring and there’s one this fall that I’m debating about. It’s not adaptive but it’s ok as there are other kids doing it that would be doing adaptive…
Anyway, my head is down too for all of the reasons. You must remind me when you’re coming to DC because I WANT TO MEET YOU.
Yes! For sure!
This is so very true. “We parents, we have to fight for our kids to be heard, even when they are (sooo obviously to us) telling…” It is amazing when others get to see in our children what we know has always been there.