GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - (Page 20)

cover story Watching Lessons about tolerating the intolerant Lilly bloom O ur granddaughter, 3-year-oLd LiLLy, By KimBerly ripley the author and her granddaughter, Lilly, play “this is the church/this is the steeple ” marvels at Philly, our mixed-breed dog she calls “Puppy,” the P’s in a popping sound in her own version of the English language. Lilly does not yet form sentences. She has Down syndrome  . “Woo, woo, woo!” she exclaims as Philly barks. “Pa!” she shrieks when my husband walks through the door. Lilly lights up as various aunts, uncles, cousins and friends come into our bustling household, waving enthusiastically—often with both hands. While we—and many of the people we meet along the way—enjoy the beautiful, outgoing child she is, sometimes, in public places, others fail to respond positively to her warm greetings and her outgoing personality. At a recent dinner in a restaurant to celebrate her aunt’s birthday, Lilly turned and waved with enthusiasm to a party seated across from our table. Rather than saying hello or waving in return, the woman in the party, who was seated next to a girl about 10 years old, tugged the sleeve of the girl’s dress and told her to avert her eyes, to look away from Lilly. Throughout the meal, as the girl tried to sneak glances in our direction, the woman repeated her unkind instructions. The March of Dimes  defines Down syndrome as a chromosomal disorder that involves a variety of characteristics. Affected people have varying degrees of mental retardation and facial features that may include slightly slanted eyes and a small mouth that may make the tongue appear larger than it is. Lilly’s eyes barely give away her disability, but 20 GRAND MAY 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May 2009

GRAND Magazine - May 2009
GRAND Central
Watching Lily Bloom
GrandZ in the 'Hood'
Numbers Game
We're Taking In the G'Kids
Family Crews
Soul Food
GRAND Finale

GRAND Magazine - May 2009