When Mayson started preschool last year, I was a little skeptical about how she would react to other kids. She is a very social child, but these kids were all new to her, not to mention it was and inclusion program and she was the only child in the class with down syndrome. It didn't take long for to be swept under a certain girls wing, though. Miss Molly took a liking to Mayson right away. She would always help her with her nap mat, help her with books, hold her hand going to the library, play with her outside for recess... you get the picture. I was truly in aww with Molly and all the kids in Maysons class. They saw Mayson for who she was, not her disability.
As the year went on, Molly's mom Wendy and I started going out for breakfast on occasion. Her older son Jake, and my Rylee are in the same grade as well, so we always had a lot to talk about! But one day Wendy stuck me with a story that blew my mind away.... one that made me cry and still does. This is how it goes..............
Molly and her sister Emily and the neighbor girls were playing house. Each were picking "who" they were going to be. Emily was the mom, another girl the dad, someone else the big sister and Molly was designated to be the baby. Molly wasn't to thrilled with this but she agreed. But she only agreed under one condition......Molly said, "Fine! I will be the baby but only if I have down syndrome."
Yup, folks, you heard that right... she wanted to have down syndrome!! Can you imagine how that made me feel?? I mean come on, no one "wants" down syndrome. I was floored. My heart burst with happiness. Miss Molly GOT IT! She understood that Mayson wasn't down syndrome...... she was just Mayson. The sweet, wonderful, smart, gorgeous girl we all know!
Thanks Molly for being who you are. I wish there were more out there like you!