Laurie has inspired me. She told me that she's going to be attending a playgroup soon with other parents/children with Ds. I've been thinking about this for a while actually, and her email motivated me to finally take a step in the direction of making it happen.
For a long time I wanted nothing to do with real-life families of kids with Ds . . . I think it seemed too overwhelming to me, and I was scared of what I might see. And in all honesty, I'm still a little scared. I mean, it's easy to live in my little comfortable bubble with Finn, you know? I'm still afraid to think too much about the future, and I know that seeing real flesh-and-blood kids who are older than Finn will provide something of a window into the future. And that does frighten me a little, because after all this time I still wonder sometimes if I'm cut out for this - being a parent to a child with special needs.
Michael once said to me, quite a while back, something to the effect that he thinks my blogging is great, but that he'd like to see me take it to a real-life level. And I guess that's where I'm at: ready, and even wanting, to connect to other families with children with Ds now.
I have not gotten involved at all with our local Ds organization, and I suppose that would be a start. But honestly, with the number of kids I have and the schedule I have to uphold because of that, I don't want - nor would I realistically be able - to travel hither and thither all over my county. So I'm taking the bull by the horns (read: I'm a control-freak and I want to do this on my terms). I put ads in Craigslist and MamaSource looking for local parents of babies and toddlers with Ds (and by local, I mean I'd really like to meet families in my actual city) to create some sort of playgroup.
So, we'll see what happens. And thanks for the nudge, Laurie :)
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