So a couple days ago over my lunch break, I wrote something about our experience bringing Parker into our world. It was meant to reach our immediate network of friends to tell them about Parker and hopefully avoid some awkward moments in the future and, honestly, to save us from having to tell the same story hundreds of times over. Also, and one of the things I learned from the “So You’re Having a Baby with Down Syndrome” welcome kit, we wanted to control the message and writing it down with facts and info so no one could speculate or make assumptions was highly recommended. So, that’s what I did.
Well, that was the intention, but what happened blew my mind in about every way possible.
As expected, our friends saw it and read it. Many “Like”d the Facebook post and several made heartfelt and thoughtful comments. What we didn’t expect was the number of people who would share it and repost it and pass it on to friends. It blew up all over the place and didn’t stop for more than two straight days. It led to dozens of new friends and we got dozens of emails from people all over the country. Crazy!
At last check, the story was read nearly 25,000 times…yeah that’s 25 THOUSAND. Insane. I lost track of the Likes because between the original post and the shares, it had over 2000 and about 1800 of those were people I am not friends with. While I did recognize and ultimately reconnect with many of those people, the vast majority of those people were complete strangers.
I’ve been at a loss for words in trying to explain the overwhelming feeling of appreciation and love. It’s weird and wonderful to have someone from some completely different part of the country who is friend of a friend of a friend write you an amazing and uplifting email of support and appreciation. It’s humbling and also kinda makes you feel like you aren’t worthy, honestly. We’d like to think we are doing whatever any other parents would do in our situation, but we know the unfortunate reality is that it’s not always the case.
With no way to really pay back the love and support, I’ll just say a simple thank you to you all. I am glad our story touched so many of you and I’m also glad it’s been something to bring a lot of people together and, more importantly, got a lotta people on board this journey with us. For so many this will be their first experience with DS, as it is ours, and it should be so exciting to get to experience Parker with our whole village of supporters following along and involved.
For those of you who’ve emailed and messaged – I’ve tried to to respond to some of you and will continue to respond til I hopefully catch up… There were literally 100+ messages to respond to, so bear with me
Love to you all and can’t wait to keep you all updated on Parker as he keeps being adorable and amazing.