You remember so well growing up with your brother Das. You and he were so close in age, and you both always seemed to enjoy being together. You didn’t realize that there was anything different about Das at all until someone else pointed it out. You didn’t know what to do with that information – it didn’t make sense! You spoke with your parents, and they confirmed that Das indeed had some special challenges that you did not have. You became so upset because you never realized that was why Das struggled so much more to learn things than you did. You just thought that’s how all brothers were! It just always seemed to take Das a little bit longer to be able to pick up the games you were playing, but he always did! All through his education, you learned patience by watching him struggle, persevere, and then ultimately accomplish what he wanted to do. And then you saw the unbridled joy in his face when he finally got to say “I did it, Kis-ow!”
As you got older, you started to wonder about the fairness of it all. Why did Das have to struggle with so many things that came so much easier to you? Why would God make a child have to go through all that? Your struggles reached deep into your core and rocked you spiritually. You began to doubt in God’s existence altogether for so many years. Then, in what could only be described as a miracle, you began to see all the qualities that were always there but taken for granted. You began to see Das’ ability to love everyone unconditionally. You began to personally experience Das’ very real forgiveness whenever you messed up. You found that Das resembled God more than any other person you had ever met. It was then that you realized that you were the one born with one chromosome too few, and Das was born with just the right amount. You realized that God’s version of perfection was different than your own!
Hang in there, Kishore! God’s got quite a roller coaster ahead of you, and the exhilarating time is on the way! You are going to get a dream job where you will be able to indirectly give back to Das by directing a clinic for thousands of children with Down syndrome. You are going to impact the lives of not only those children but also their families and siblings, in ways that you could never have dreamed. And after some struggles of your own along the way, you will hear yourself say, “I did it, Das!”