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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Significance of 321

Today's date is March 21st. Also written as 3/21. There is a significance to this date, to those numbers. The numbers 3 and 21 also represent Down syndrome. In medical terms Down syndrome is Trisomy 21. A trisomy means a 3rd copy. Down syndrome is the result of a 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. 3/21.

Today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day

I celebrate my daughter every day, but today I celebrate just a little bit more. Today is a little reminder that she has that little extra chromosome. Today is a little reminder that our family joined a community we never thought we would be a part of, but one we embraced and found ourselves embraced right back.

Today is a little bit of a reminder that we celebrate Kayla, and all those with Down syndrome, and their little extra chromosome. The extra chromosome that doesn't define them, but is a significant part of who they are. The little chromosome that means there will be challenges, but celebrations as well.

Today is a little reminder to say, "Yeah, my daughter has Down syndrome. So what?"

Today is a little reminder to say the world is a better place for having people with Down syndrome in it ... because they are very much a part of the human race. They are very much human beings, just like us '46ers' (those of us with 46 chromosomes, instead of 47).

Today is a little reminder to say we celebrate those with Down syndrome, not mourn, or pity them.

Today is a little reminder to celebrate their births, their accomplishments, their milestones, their triumphs, their joy, their laughter, their tears, their whole being.

This is the reason I celebrate World Down Syndrome Day:
Her shirt says Celebrate 321 and underneath that it says 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. World Down Syndrome Day. She wore this to school today. I hope teachers take notice and read what her shirt is all about.

Won't you join me in celebrating a little something extra?

In honor of today, Plus15 is matching donations 3:1. So your $15 donation turns in to $60! The last time they did matching donations over $150K was raised in a single day!

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Mom24 said...

Really interesting. Thanks Michelle.

Not a Perfect Mom said...

Happy World Down Syndrome Awareness Day! Just one more day to celebrate our wonderful children and educate others!

Bonita said...

I didn't know this, Michelle. Thanks so much for sharing about 321!

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

You go Kayla!!! Love your bright smile and winning spirit.
Blessings and hugs,

Anonymous said...

My Fav post!

Happy (belated) World Down Syndrome Awareness Day!!

Kathleen said...

Happy 321... Life is a blessing :)

ParkerMama said...

I LOVE celebrating that extra chromosome! BTW, where did you get that shirt? :0) I think Parker needs one.....

Tammy and Parker