What IS Rock Your Socks Day? Well, I’m glad you asked!
Since 2012, the United Nations have observed March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day. It is a day to bring awareness to “what Down syndrome actually is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a role in our communities” You can read more on the WDSD website.
Down syndrome is an abnormality affecting the 21st chromosome, most commonly, people are born with an extra chromosome. 3 copies of Trisomy-21 = 3rd month / 21st day = March 21st. Not just a random day after all! Now you will never forget!
This year, Down Syndrome International is inviting everyone to wear their funkiest looking socks to help honour World Down Syndrome Day. Any size, shape or color is accepted…the crazier the better! The idea being, that when others see your funky socks and ask why you are wearing them, you can tell them about World Down Syndrome Day, thus spreading awareness. This is such a fun and simple way to give a voice to an incredible group of people and their care givers.
We have our own tiny miracle in the family who is rocking his extra chromosome, and boy, is he killin’ it! Authentic and genuine joy pours out of him and you can’t help but fall madly in love with his toothless grin. There is something so infectious about that sweet crooked smile that many of the little angels with Down syndrome that I have met, all seem to have. It is humbling and always makes me stop for a moment and appreciate life’s unknowns. These little troopers are so darn happy and seem to take nothing to heart. There was a time when I ignorantly felt sorry for families with kids who “suffered” from Down syndrome. But I was wrong. So, so wrong. Even though the road may be a bit longer and bumps a little tougher…all of the families I know are incredibly strong and the bond of love surrounding their little angels is remarkable. I know one thing for sure…our little man was born into the absolute perfect family. I mean, this kid has the best parents he could have hoped for. And his older siblings, at the ripe ages of 9 and almost 11, would move mountains for him if he ever asked. We don’t see them nearly often enough, but when we do, I always feel revived and whole again. Man, it is unbelievable what pure love can do to your heart.
You keep on rocking out wee guy! Auntie loves you to the moon and back ♥