We've had a busy busy few days.
Friday: The Ontario AgriCentre - that Tom built - had its grand opening. They had a few dignitaries speak, then we visited the many food stations and had lunch there. We then drove to Toys R Us to shop for presents.
Saturday: Ryan had a birthday party and Kurtis had a birthday party. Kurtis also had his first piano recital in the evening. I was just bursting at the seams with pride for him - he's been taking lessons since November but he did a piece with two hands and a flourish of an ending that he "made up". He performed it absolutely flawlessly. I'm actually just thrilled that he enjoys playing and taking lessons - it's a wonderful activity to enjoy.
Sunday: Ran had another birthday party and then we had our annual Down syndrome picnic. I love our DS picnics - we have it at an amazing house. There's games for the kids, a soccer net, a beach with a small lake, a paddle boat and a trampoline in the middle of the lake. What a great time we had!
I came across this article in my "down syndrome" circles. I loved it so much because that's exactly how Tom and I, and I hope Kurtis, see Ryan. I feel exactly the way the writer does:
"So please don’t feel sorry for us. Don’t feel sorry for my brother, either. There isn’t any reason to; he isn’t sick. Don’t be scared of experiences similar to mine. I can tell you that my life would not be this happy if it weren’t for Kevin. More important, have an open mind. Next time you meet a person with a disability, remember that he or she has so much to share with you. Take the time to listen."