When I see Trig, I see LIFE!
"Down Syndrome" should not be a death warrant!
90-94% of Down Syndrome diagnosed babies are currently aborted in our country. In England, the rate is 95%. Why do these mothers not want these children? What is the justification for taking a life just because it is not "perfect" enough?
When I see Trig, I see CONVICTION.
As Sarah puts it, it is one thing to "talk the talk." With the news that their baby would be born with Down Syndrome, they were being asked to "walk the walk." Upon hearing his baby would be born with this condition, Todd Palin's immediate response was, "We shouldn't be asking, 'Why us?' We should be saying, 'Well, why not us?'" I also love this from Sarah: "When I learned that Trig would have special needs, honestly, I had to prepare my heart...I did a lot of praying for understanding, and strength, and to see purpose. And what's been confirmed in me is every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. You know that there are the world's standards of perfection, and then there are God's, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake."
Thank you, Sarah, for standing up for your values.
When I see Trig, I see COMPASSION.
Children with Down Syndrome are complete! They are just a little bit more than complete. A "normal" person has 23 pairs of chromosomes, totaling 46. Through an improper cell division very early in their life, a person with DS has cells which carry an extra 21st chromosome, giving them a total of 47. You've no doubt noticed that people with Down Syndrome have some distinctive physical features. That is because the genetic makeup of those particular features resides on the 21st chromosome, which has a little too much material attached to it. Unfortunately, that extra chromosome also causes a degree of mental retardation. That doesn't mean many of these children can't learn to read and do many other things. They're just driving a slower vehicle than the rest of us.
When I see Trig, I see ACCEPTANCE.
I, too, have a child with special needs. When Down Syndrome came knocking at our front door, so to speak, wanting us to welcome it in to stay, I wasn't sure I had the courage to open that door. I knew our lives would never be the same again. I didn't want to face the stares and the whispers. I didn't know how to take care of a baby with special needs. Gradually, my heart changed from fear to acceptance. I learned to see and love my son for who he is. Somehow the stares and whispers don't matter anymore.
In Sarah, I see a beautiful acceptance of her son's disabilities. In a speech in Pennsylvania, she recently said, "As for our baby boy, Trig, for Todd and me he is only more precious because he is vulnerable. In some ways, I think we stand to learn more from him than he does from us. When we hold Trig and care for him, we don't feel scared anymore. We feel
When I see Trig, I see a little boy.
One of the things I wondered about most when my own son was born, was what he would be like. It didn't take us long to realize he is every bit a boy. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine, Cars, and baseball. He plays with trains and cars and knows how to run the DVD player. He wrestles with his big brothers and has water pistol fights with them. He's everyone's little brother, and they love him. Trig will bring the same life, love, and vitality to the Palin's home.
When I see Trig, I see hope.
Nothing warmed my heart more than seeing the Palin's passing little Trig back and forth on the stage at the Republican National Convention. Having that little boy in the spotlight , bringing the nation's gaze on the love in their family, hearing Sarah say to parents of special needs kids, "You will have an advocate in the White House!"--it all gives me hope.
"There's purpose in this for a greater good to be met... I feel so privileged and blessed to have been chosen to have Trig in our lives. I do want it to help us in our cause... in allowing America to be a more welcoming nation for all of our children. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are most vulnerable."
When I see Trig, I see courage.
Sarah deserves praise, not criticism. Trig deserves love, not hatred. It takes courage and character to stand up for what you believe in, and to "walk the walk," as Sarah puts it. Character is what is sorely lacking in Washington! Let's put some of it back there [on November 4th]!