Saturday, May 27, 2006

love.
I found a great website, www.inspirationpeak.com They are a great source of quotes, and have awesome t-shirts that say "love." Think about it; love. What more needs to be said? I ordered a t-shirt for myself, my preferred spouse, and her husband. They, in turn, ordered one for our priest. I offered to order one for my husband, but he said, "I just want one that says '.'"
As I wear my t-shirt, I have interesting interactions with people. Often, I forget I am wearing the shirt, and when I take it off, I make the connection between the shirt and the day I've just had.
My P.S's husband wore his shirt on an international flight. The woman sitting next to him said, "Now tell me, what kind of man wears a love period t-shirt?" They then had a heavy, deep and real conversation all the way to Germany. Love will do that.
There is a young man with Downs Syndrome that works at "my" Safeway. He is full of love. He is difficult to understand, but fortunately, my second language is unintelligible. Plus, how many words need be exchanged for two people to know they are grooving on one another?
He sees me when I come in the store, and shouts to come find him when I'm ready to check out. He helps bag my groceries, carefully arranging them in my cart, just so. He points to his good work, I cheer. He then announces he is helping me to my car. Together we unload the groceries, again I cheer his placement in the car, and then we hug. He is at least a foot and a half shorter than me, but the hug is not the least bit inappropriate. He then tells me he loves me, and to say hi to the kids. Always.
He may not be "smart" in standard terms, but he knows a lot about love, and that trumps intelligence in my book.

9 comments:

Mother of 4 said...

People with Down's Syndrome on the whole are some of the most loving people I've ever met. My uncle Brian is 42 and he too has Down's. There is just an unconditional love there that can't be compared with any other kind of love. Isn't it wonderful to know that there are such people still out there in the world? It makes the fact that their cognitive functioning is significantly below the average something that is totally irrelevant.

Michelle O'Neil said...

I grew up with a boy with Down Syndrome. If only we could all be so unguarded, happy and innocent.

I am sooooo getting me a shirt! Thanks Carrie!

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