Had some snuggle time with three grand babies yesterday..Owen, Alcina, and Kasen. (Our extended family got together for a Thanksgiving meal.)
I am a rich man.
Kasen, who turned one this past June, was born with an extra chromosome.
When Kasen arrived at my sisters house, he was all smiles, doing some sign language, army crawling, playing catch with a tiny brown, soft rubber football, etc. One of the characteristics of Downs Syndrome children is they tend to be happy and good-natured. This is not a hard and fast rule but Kasen definitely falls into that camp.
As our Thanksgiving family time began to wind down, I got down to play with Kasen one more time before it was time to go. His eyes teared up, and his smile vanished.
At first I thought, maybe I’d startled him, so I passed him over to Uncle Steve..I didn’t want to be the bad guy . 😉
Daughter Kathy informed us, it was way past Kasen’s nap time, and he was getting fussy.
I was relieved to know I hadn’t brought it on, it was simply time for him to take a break.
As upbeat and positive as Kasen normally is…there is a limit.
Read a true story yesterday about a family who lost their only son because of a freak accident in a high school football game. The dad recounted how afterwards, he was so beside himself with grief, that for days he could not even get out of bed..and there were several weeks he could not even go back to work. (that is not the first time I’ve read about someone unable to get out of bed as they were broadsided by a loss)… (I take notes on stuff like this, because it helps me to understand the wide range of what are normal human reactions to life experiences.)
Not sure where you are at as you’re reading this..but if you’re not you’re normal upbeat self, I am pretty sure Kasen would tell you (if he could) that maybe it’s nap time?
Or, maybe because of what you have had on your plate, you’ll need to take a whole day, or week, or longer to recover….
There is no shame in getting grumpy. It means you are alive.
Picture of Kasen when he’s on his game.