“I would not change you for the world, but I will change the world for you.”

Those words were said by Amy Wright, a mother of two children who were born with Down Syndrome and the founder of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop in Wilmington, NC.

bitty

Last year, she was named CNN’s Hero of the Year (http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/17/world/amy-wright-2017-cnn-hero-of-the-year/index.html).

If you are the parent of a child with Down Syndrome, what Wright spoke about becoming an automatic advocate could not be more true. She explained that the role of a parent and advocate is “trying to make people see the beauty in their lives that we see.”

That CNN report also stated,

After all, people with physical and intellectual disabilities can be judged by their appearance alone. When Wright and her husband learned that 70% of the disabled are unemployed, they decided to become a part of the solution — for their children and others.

I got one of those “others.”

Malcolm

Malcolm has so many heroes that it would be impossible to name them all. Many of them have been the very young people who have matriculated through the halls of West Forsyth High School, where I teach.

I wouldn’t change him for the world, but I am grateful that there are so many people in his world who want to change the world for him and others.

And yes. Malcolm drinks coffee.

I see a trip to Wilmington coming.

Happy Holidays. Be safe.

Love each other. You are more alike than different. Some just may have red hair, blue eyes, and an extra chromosome.

 

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