Celebrating National DS Awareness: 31 Things I Love About Zyon

In honor of National Down syndrome Awareness month, I created one statement for each day of October. Here are thirty-one (31) things that I love and celebrate about Zyon, my seven-year-old son with Down syndrome.

I love and celebrate Zyon’s:

1- willingness to learn new things

2- great sense of humor

3- ability to quickly pick up melodies in song after hearing it couple of times

4- passion for music

5- face when he get’s home from school… He yells, “MOOOOM,”“DAAAD”… “How was school, Zyon,” we ask and he replies, “It was good.”

6- ability to work the computer and to straight to his favorite websites Starfall and PBS Kids

7- voice when he says, “Mom, smile… be happy” when I’m not smiling

8- voice when he says, “…why you got an attitude” or “be nice, Mom” when I’m cranky

9- ability to recognize all of his Alphabets

10- ability to count to 20

11- ability to teach me Faith without saying a word

12- ability to teach me what the meaning of unconditional love is

13- ability to watch his favorite shows over and over and even act his favorite parts out

14- ability to make me smile when I’m not in a smiling mood

15- ability to show me that it’s okay to be different

16- willingness to dance and sing with me, something we do often

17- ability to teach me that it’s okay to sing out loud in the car and who cares who’s watching

18- ability to teach me that “freedom” is mind state

19- ability to express every emotion that we all have

20- ability to change my entire mood by just saying, “Mom, you need a hug.”

21- voice when he says, “mom, I love you”

22- expression on his face when I get dressed up and he says, “Wow, mom, you’re beautiful!”

23- love for food and ability to recognize all the food places when we drive by… he’ll say, “we’re going to get some fries?”

24- popularity – everyone loves Zyon when we’re out in public

25- ability to pick up negative vibes from others’ regardless if they are “smiling” or not

26- frustration with his big brother when he’s getting on Zyon’s nerves and he’s say, “Oh my God” and put his hand on his forehead

27- ability to work the TV and DVD player since he was 2 years old, better than many grownups

28- good manners - thank you, I’m sorry, you’re welcome, may I, God bless you, etc.

29- compassion for others

30- ability to teach me so many things about myself, life, and God without uttering a word

31- extra ‘bonus’ that created "our Zyon”

This is only a small fraction of how much we love Zyon. I thank God for Zyon and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Thank you for your support!

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