A couple of months ago, I started noticing a hash tag that really resonated with me: #theluckyfew. It resonated so much so, that when a new member of various Facebook groups would announce a new baby with Down syndrome or announce a prenatal diagnosis, I would comment: "Welcome to #theluckyfew".
The hash tag as it turns out was coined by Heather Avis who also recently wrote a book with the title: The Lucky Few. I as just discovering her Heather's @macymakesmyday on Instagram and there were mentions starting to emerge of this book about a family who adopts kids that have Down syndrome.
My book list is extensive, I was trying to think how I could fit it in... and then I got an email from my daughters principle addressed to me, my husband and another parent of a child that has DS that is a friend of mine.
Hi Stacy, Anna, and Hanes,
I was telling Stacy about a podcast that I heard recently about a mom who has a child with Down Syndrome. It really touched my heart and I just wanted to pass it along to you in case you ever wanted to listen. The second link is the new book from the mom in the podcast. I ordered a book for myself, and ordered two more for each of you. I know this is kind of religion-based, so if that does not appeal to you, please just let me know and I will be so happy to pass the book along to someone else who might benefit from it. I didn’t want to cross a line there, but really just enjoyed hearing this parent’s perspective on raising children with Down Syndrome.
I absolutely love having your girls here at (our school) and I am proud of each of them every single day. Thank you for sharing them with us and trusting your precious girls in our care.
What?????? I had wanted 1 sign that my daughter was in the right school. This was sign # 11.
And so, I turned on the podcast and soaked up every juicy detail. I even ordered the book Heather is giving herself a few years to read.. and I will have to do the same... because that thing is HUGE.
A few days later The Lucky Few was sent home in my daughters back pack. I started reading it right away, and I couldn't stop. It's a pretty short but it is quite the page turner.
It's dramatic, it's sensitive, it's honest and it is SO inspiring.
My favorite part is that I felt like I got to experience her journey with her... I too, was discovering the beauty and magic of Down syndrome all over again.
I love seeing when people "get" it--the amazing experience of being around people with Down syndrome.
The spiritual aspect is also amazing. The things that can happen when we let go and trust... are nothing short of astonishing.
Thank you Heather Avis for sharing your journey. Thank you to my daughters principle for making sure I didn't miss this gem.
I Xtra LOVE it.