Power of a mother’s love

A mother’s love is goes deeper than even she could ever have imagined. I know, because I am a mom. Today is World Down Syndrome Day around the world and I would like to salute these moms today!  A Down syndrome child is one who is born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome.  Children and adults alike add a richness and an overflow of love and affection to all who enter their world.

An ordinary mom’s love

I saw this in Madagascar – a mother hen protecting her chicks from prying eyes and hands

Can you believe it, I love you more through each and every sleepless night?

I love you even when you mess all over me and vomit for the hundredth time on my shoulder.

I love you when your temperature spikes and I lie awake just watching you breathe.

I love you when you say your first words and my heart melts when I see you take your first step.  It melts again when I see you go to school and yet again when you come home with a drawing just for me.

I love you through the tears and the joy. I love you through the excitement of hopes and dreams realised. And I love you through the pain and the sadness: Like when a friend said they didn’t want you to sit with them a break, or you didn’t make a sports team you wanted to so badly or you got sick and your health made you struggle.

I will love you for thousand years, to the moon and back and for eternity and beyond.

Love like a lioness

Have you ever watched a lioness with her cubs in the African bush?  One time, my husband and I were on a game drive late one evening and in the setting sun.  Suddenly, a lioness came walking down the path with a few cubs in tow and a second lioness bringing up the rear.  I remembered the command not to move, but I think I forgot to breathe as well.  As she passed by the vehicle, she stopped and looked at me for a few seconds – directly.  Time stood still.  Then, the moment passed and she carried on walking.  I will never forget the chill that ran through me as I squeezed the life out of my husband’s hand.  We had just witnessed the incredible power of a lioness and her cubs.

A true story

My daughter Emily with her aunt, Christie

My sister-in-law, Christie, is a Down Syndrome adult.  She is 40 and still thriving despite the hardships she has to face every day.  Credit goes to my mother-in-law who is one of the most inspirational woman I have ever met. When Christie was a little baby she bundled her up and flew with her to England to the leading specialist in this field at that time.  There, Helen, discovered exercises and teaching methods that she could use to train Christie during those crucial formative years. It was during the late 1970’s that she went alone with her third child and came back to South Africa armed with an arsenal of tools for Christie’s health and well-being.

I have heard many stories of Christie crawling and working all day with her mother and nannies.  They spent hours teaching her to  crawl up and down, doing exercise to cross her midline and teaching her to read a newspaper by the age of 5!  Today, Christie, can speak English, Xhosa and some Afrikaans and is able to take care of herself in a number of ways.  She would be who she is today were it not for the love of her mother.  “Contrary to what most people think, a disabled child has the same emotional needs as an ordinary child; they need to be needed and wanted to feel that they are worth something,”  said Helen (Christie’s mom).

10 things show a mother’s love and courageous heart:

  • She gives up her right to sleep for as long she would like to.
  • Hot tea or coffee are a thing of the past for a season.
  • She gives up the right to her own time and daily schedule
  • Life is so interwoven with a child that every meeting and every daily interaction touches the family in some way.
  • A mother will give her life for her child
  • She is anointed with the gift of tears
  • She shops now with them in mind
  • Mothers gives them wings to fly
  • Her lap and arms are ready to reach out and hug or cuddle.
  • Sloppy kisses, wilted flowers as gifts and chats around the kitchen table are priceless to her

A wise man once said that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Her children will stand and bless her.

So, today, take a minute to  this heart touching YouTube video with 50 Mom’s and Down Syndrome children lip-singing a song.

Featured photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

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