From the Archive: Originally posted 9/3/13
I want to take a moment and recognize the Dads out there who have been vocal and passionate about #JusticeForEthan.
Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad.
Before anyone complains, I realize that this post may appear to some to be sexist. Women out there have been vocal and passionate too. Why do I feel the need to blog specifically about Dads, and not “parents” in general? Well, as a single parent, who has had to deal with schools, IEPs, doctors, specialists, etc… by myself, I’m sure it is a perspective issue. I’m awed by those men who stand up and do what’s right, even if they don’t see themselves as particularly special.
(Sidenote: Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about being a single parent. Being Josh’s Mom has been the most important and fulfilling part of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing.)
But, with the passing of an iconic Dad in the Ds community today, Dr. Siegfried Pueschel, I was struck by the recent activities of the Dad’s I have been reading and re-posting about in our own #JFE community lately.
At last check, it has gotten 4.4k “Likes.” That’s pretty impressive!
“What it boils down to is this, with the birth of every child with Down syndrome the parent is forced to answer a question. There is a critical choice to be made that parents of “typically developing” kids don’t need to make. The parent needs to decide if s/he is going to be the activist their child so desperately needs. If the parent makes the choice to advocate for their child they are guaranteed a future of a lot of hard word. But if that parent does not step-up to the challenge, if that parent chooses not to advocate for his/her child who will?”
One of his most recent posts “Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?” talks about police forces becoming increasingly militarized and how that relates to Ethan’s case.
Let’s Hear It For The Boys!!!