Every time I have ever been around a child with Down Syndrome, he or she has always been one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I have friends who have been raising a DS child over the past year and a half, and whenever I see her, I have seen the most loving child who very often has a big smile on her face. Children with Down Syndrome are truly a blessing, though they are also a challenge. My friends, as well as the Palins, have truly risen to that challenge, and for that they are to be commended.
As readers of my blog may remember (if they haven't all gone somewhere else that updates more often than this particular blog) that last year, Trig's birthday brought about some of the nastiest, hate-filled writing I have ever seen. Thankfully, it also brought out a firestorm of condemnation toward such hatred, as I blogged the very next day after the last piece I just linked.
I think Ron DeVito may be correct when he posted the following yesterday in his birthday greeting to Trig: "How you react to him – and Gov. Palin as his mother – tells the whole world who and what you are as a person."
(Image courtesy Palin Promotions under Fair Use clause)
And so today I wish nothing but good things for the Palin family, particularly Trig. Happy birthday, Trig. May your fifth year be filled with blessings and happiness.