What do you do when someone stares at your son? I have to admit, I love when people stare at my son. I know you think I'm crazy, but think about it: it's my opportunity to help them see. Help them see what? Help them see that my son is loved, accepted, and encouraged to explore the life around him.
Why do people stare? Maybe they are staring out of admiration. Or maybe they are staring because they feel uncomfortable with situations or people that are different. Maybe they stare to watch how I will react.
Whatever the reason for the stare, it is my moment to capture their attention and give them the opportunity to fall in love with my son and the beauty of his uniqueness.
For example, when I see someone staring at my son while he's in the grocery cart (trying to figure him out), I lean over and tell him I love him. Then I kiss his neck and tickle his tummy so that he lets out a joyous sound. Smiling and laughing is contagious, and it can turn someone's day around for the better. It might even change the way they think about someone.
I want people to see that I am confident in my son. If I am confident in the way he looks, the silly sounds he makes, and the way he loves life, then I will help others stare with love and admiration. I hope that people will see the way that I adore Elias, and it will cause them to become more confident in and comfortable with people who have Down Syndrome.
If you are reading this and you know someone with Down Syndrome, be confident in them. Show them off and help others understand that they bring beauty to our lives.