I am overweight and self conscious, but I am learning to wholeheartedly accept myself and I celebrate every pound I lose with increased self esteem and love.
It could be worse. I could be ugly. Or stupid. Or both.
Don’t pity my appearance.
I am a “one weekend a month mom” to my son. I miss out on a great deal of his life, due to distance. But I cherish and make the absolute most out of every. single. moment. we share.
Our distance has not dampened our bond nor negatively impacted our relationship. We have conversations the majority of teenagers would never dream of having with their parent.
Don’t pity my “noncustodial parent” label, it doesn’t make me less his mother.
My daughter sports an extra chromosome. She can be slow, difficult to understand and more “complex” to care for and educate.
Had she been born “normal” she would not be my child. Down syndrome won’t kill her. She doesn’t spend her life sitting in a corner rocking.
She can read, write, draw and laugh. She goes to school. She loves to swim. She is artistic and creative. Nobody has ever wished they had never been born because they have Down syndrome.
Life isn’t always easy for her, but she does just fine without your pity, and so do I.
I am not a Down syndrome mom. I am a mom who happens to have a child with Down syndrome.
I have met amazing people, worked with a wide range of exceptional children and had experiences I would never have had because of Down syndrome.
Don’t pity my role as a special needs parent. All children have needs. All parents are special.
My wife and I cannot legally marry. We are not afforded the same rights as our heterosexual counterparts. Our children are not as safe. Simply loving one another causes others to hate.
And yet, we have a committed relationship built on love, trust, communication and dedication. I never question her love for or acceptance of me. I never worry about her lying, cheating or disrespecting me. Ever.
Don’t pity my gayness. I may not have chosen this path, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Live without Pretending
Love without Depending
Listen without Defending
Speak without Offending
Don’t pity me, there is no cause for it.
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