Special and Connected

My neighbors had a family member who recently passed.  He was loved and cherished by all who knew him.  Having suffered from Down's syndrome, he continually maintained a child like quality about him of innocence and exploration. It was such a joy to see the community turn out to celebrate his life. His authenticity, his sense of humor, and his sense of innocence was valued by all.

So many times, it is easy to judge an individual with challenges as a nuisance, or categorize a person with a label.  When we do so, we reduce a human being to a label, a function, or an object.  It was refreshing to see how the community appreciated him.  All seemed to feel more accepted, connected, and peaceful.