April 21, 2013

Reflections - Uncle jimmy

People often ask me about Alex’s family and acceptance. To that end in 2009 I asked my four siblings, and Alex’s two siblings to share their reflections on Down syndrome. John and I also contributed.

For these two weeks I will be sharing those reflections in no particular order. This second reflection was published on December 31, 2009.


My brother Jimmy, or Uncle Dimmy as his nieces and nephews call him, is two years younger than me. We were very close growing up and I believe he looked up to me as his older sister. He was followed by three more sisters, so I can imagine it was tough sometimes for him with all those domineering women!

Jimmy is one of my favorite people. He is one of the funniest people I know and he can get me laughing within seconds of seeing him. He is kind, caring and sensitive, perhaps the result of four sisters. He lives in Florida, so I do not see him nearly as much as I would like. We missed him at Christmas this year.

On this last day of 2009, I will share my brother's reflection; it brings back happy memories of my father. Uncle Dimmy's reflection is from the heart, a stream of consciousness, and it is all his.

I remember, first you and John coming to Naples for a visit a couple of months before she was born. I remember you saying you didn’t do the amnio because you were flying down. I also remember you saying amnio or not it didn't matter. I also remember you digging out a hole in the sand so you could lie on your tummy - I'm smiling just remembering that.

Next, I remember you called me to tell me Alex had arrived and Mom ended up telling me about how special Alex is.

What I remember the most is the relationship she had with Dad. Dad was so crazy for her. I swear they were best friends. I never saw that kind of love Dad shared with Alex - it was so special. I am also the benefactor of her big smiles, big hugs and huge heart.

I love the way she goes out of her way to love me when I'm around and she seems to nurture me! I don't have the challenges you might have in raising her - but the again - I don’t have the rewards - you win, so does she.

Yes Jimmy, I do love to win. Your memories bring a smile to my face too!

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