I think my family is being called to adopt a child with Down Syndrome from somewhere in Eastern Europe, where they are not appreciated or respected at all. We have no experience with adoption or special needs children, any advice?
Anonymous: Yes, special needs children are not treated so well in other places and I admire your consideration of adoption. Like all children, special ones require love, care and patience. Parents often have to be more pro-active. I know people who adopted Russian orphans, but that cannot be done now. They said it was difficult. My cousin has worked with an Eastern European orphanage and I questioned her about this, but have not heard back yet. When I do, I will have Elizabeth include the information in her blog.
I am so excited! Mondays are now my favorite day of the week. I thought of another question, although I commented questions before as well. Mama Hop- which terminology do you and your family prefer- Down syndrome? Down's? Does the term "Down's" bother you? I know the vernacular has changed over the years and you have over 30 years of experience here. What's your take on it?
Golden leaves: Thank you. Glad you like this part of the blog. Regarding terminology, "Downs" does not bother me considering Leanne's first pediatrician called her a "Mongoloid". He did not last long. At the same time, Leanne does not want to hear the "Downs" distinction made. My take is that much political correctness has gone overboard.
On the lighter side, I'm interested in Mama Hop's beauty secrets.
Me too! She's gorgeous.
-Amanda in CA
Lena and Amanda: Thank you, thank you! You and others humble me. Weeks ago, Elizabeth told me to fess up. Okay, I wear nothing but the best make-up from Walgreen's, AKA Maybelline mascara, shadow, and liner. Cover Girl powder on my nose unless I am going out, then slap more on the rest of my face. I do hydrate: coffee, water and pinot grigio of course. Take care ladies.
- Mama Hop