Author Archives: elizamom

About elizamom

Colorado mother of two small boys. One happens to have Down syndrome.

Unwasted time

I couldn’t get phone messages all summer. Instead I got annoyed texts telling me my voicemail box was full. Yeah, I know, my phone needed my attention. But it had to compete with activities and hours of planning for my … Continue reading

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Head games

Euphoric. That was my feeling after Forrest Walker (yes, that’s his real name) treated me post-concussion. His simple touch on my abdomen, chest, thigh and head magically shifted the intangible energy within my body in indefinable ways. A fluid sense … Continue reading

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Finding heart in darkness

We humans are fascinated with negativity, with vitriol, the dark side. Good versus evil sells at the movies and plays out everywhere from politics to interpersonal relations. Lookyloos actually click on terrorist videos of beheadings. Hate is spewed everywhere there … Continue reading

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Keep it from the kids

“How are we going to keep this from the kids?” Greg and I were discussing last week’s massacre of 14 people in a San Bernardino facility that was being used for a holiday party and typically houses a California agency … Continue reading

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On a lighter note… (31 for 21)

Someone got a hair cut. Happy middle of Down syndrome awareness month! Not quite 31 for 21. In honor of Down syndrome awareness month, I am posting to this blog nowhere near every day for 31 days to increase awareness … Continue reading

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Be very afraid (31 for 21)

Infuriating. That’s how it feels to be told “No.” In not quite these words, my city’s recreation department said: No, we don’t want your child’s kind. We don’t want to do what it takes to include him in our program. … Continue reading

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Brotherly love (31 for 21)

The expansive love a new mother feels cannot be described. Perhaps only one who has given birth can get what it’s like to have such tremendous affection for another being. Motherhood increases the capacity of one’s heart so deeply, so … Continue reading

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