Primordial Soup, DNA, and Beauty

I grew, inside my mother’s body, from a single cell.  In that time, I created all the eggs I’d ever have—my contribution to future children.  We existed like that, three generations, nested together like Russian matryoshka dolls.

Chipmunk, just born.

Chipmunk, just born.

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The Problem With Down Syndrome: Part 1

Is there a problem with Down syndrome?  Is having 46 chromosomes fundamentally better than having 47?  If one can designate a certain genetic condition as less than ideal, what are ideal genetics?  More importantly, where does this contemplation lead us?

Researchers have discovered a new way to turn off the chromosome that causes Down syndrome, and I am troubled, let me tell you.  It feels like the beginning of a brave new world, and my child may be the canary in the coal mine. Read the rest of this entry »


3 (21) Down Syndrome: Blog Hop!

This blog hop is a community project of Down syndrome Blogs and the T21 Alliance. The code is set up so that everyone can participate by adding their link to their post – and host if they want, by adding the code to their own post! So, just follow the instructions through the linky tool (below).

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One Truth:

People are people, are people, are people.  Period.  No subhuman animals, no superhuman angels.  No special powers, no fundamental flaws.

No matter their genetics, all people are just trying to make their way in the world.  That means all of us feel anger, happiness, rage, humor, empathy, ambivalence, frustration, despair, joy, wonder and every single other emotion that you could imagine.  That means all of us should get to yell, cheer, whine, laugh, joke, and cry, free from judgement or adoration based on our genetic makeup.

Again.  People are people, are people, are people.

One Tip:

Wear your baby!  Babywearing provides something called proprioceptive feedback, which helps all babies orient the relative locations of their body parts.  (This link has a good explanation.)  That’s why your baby is always hitting himself in the face in while trying to suck his thumb; he hasn’t figured out how to assess the relative location of fist versus head.  Same thing the cops are testing during a field sobriety test with the ol’ “close your eyes and touch your nose” bit.  Huh.  Yet another way that children and drunk people are alike.  But I digress.  Babywearing.  Check it out.

And a photo: 

My Three Drunk People

My Three Drunk People

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(Now here, my technical ability fails me, I can’t figure out how to make all the hop participants show up.  So go here to read more!)

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