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Let’s stop “tolerating” or “accepting” difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different. (Kate Bornstein)

Ted Kremer won a day as bat boy for the Cincinnati Reds. The story appeared as front page news on Sunday, September 16,  By many folks’ standards, Ted, also known as Teddy, is different. He was born with a tripled twenty-first chromosome: Down syndrome. The full article is worth the time.

 http://cin.ci/PGyzar by John Erardi

This story has been posted and re-posted more than any other on Facebook, and it makes me smile. In fact, I shared it, too. There are enough stories about fraud, murder, and messy politics to pollute the press.

During the game, Ted (Teddy) got excited a tad prematurely. This exchange was taken directly from the article:

We wait until we get three outs before we count this one as a win,” said Votto, gently.

Teddy took the hint and waited for the final out.

And what did Votto tell you then, Teddy?

“He said, ‘I love you, Ted. Thank you for everything.’

It’s an upbeat attitude like Ted’s that makes this world bearable.

I know. I have a three-year-old girl in my life with an extra chromosome that somehow blocks out negative thinking. Ella has sunshine-white hair, and I have often wondered if it isn’t part halo. Oh, she has her human side, too. She knows how to test limits, and loves to throw any object—ball or not. It is not wise to leave eyeglasses within her reach. However, she doesn’t seem to learn trouble-making as quickly as she does love.

Last Wednesday when we had all three of our grandchildren at our house, I was on the phone with Ella’s daddy when I heard some minor fuss between her two older cousins. They were fighting over who got to play with Ella. I doubt she enjoyed being an object in the fight, but I’m sure she realized she was wanted.  She knew she was loved, just as Ted understood it.

Folk like Ted and Ella, who have to work harder to walk, talk, and learn the alphabet take the straight path to the important. Ego doesn’t get in the way.

It makes me want to alter the description special needs, to simply special.

photo from Circle-21

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