Why I Won't Be Wearing "Crazy" Socks For WDSD


I am about to post a very unpopular opinion.

No, I will not be wearing “crazy” socks on World Down Syndrome Day in “honor” of people with Down syndrome.

You may have heard of this idea called “Rock Your Socks” for World Down Syndrome Day. There are several different explanations of this campaign. Some wear the socks as a visual representation of chromosomes, since in a karyotype some say the chromosomes look like socks.

Some say that the idea is to draw attention to yourself so that people will ask you “what’s with the socks?”, thereby allowing you the opportunity to explain that although your socks may looks different from “regular” socks, they are doing the same job as regular socks, and that this is a metaphor for people with Down syndrome.

So, you would like me to wear “crazy” socks to draw attention to how my son looks different from you but basically can do the same job?

A “crazy” sock is a metaphor for my child?

No.

World Down Syndrome Day to me means that we should not be pointing out how different our kids look. And we certainly shouldn’t be comparing our children to something identified as “crazy” or different if we want them to be treated equal.

Also, my life is one big pair of attention grabbing socks. I am constantly advocating for individuals with Down syndrome on a daily basis. I draw attention to this all the time with my blog and my personal conversations. I will not rely on March the 21st and my crazy socks to hope the woman next to me at the bank teller will afford me the opportunity to discuss Down syndrome in a way that highlights it’s difference from the norm.

I will not be wearing crazy socks to somehow honor my son and all that he has accomplished in his short nine months on Earth. Instead, I will tell you how lucky we are to have Down syndrome in our lives, and that if given the opportunity a hundred times over, I would never change a thing about him. I will let you know that he is just like every other baby you’ve met – he needs to eat, sleep, play and be cuddled. He loves to pet the animals in our house and play with his brother. His favorite food is carrots and he loves to stand when you hold his hands. He makes us smile day in and day out and, along with his brother, has been such a bright spot in our lives.

If this idea of the sock thing is something that you love, please don't call your socks crazy. If you want to use your socks as a metaphor for your child, choose something you would want others to refer to them as. Bright socks. Silly socks. Fun socks.

But please stop calling them crazy, unless that's how you want others to see your child.

Comments

  1. Bravo, Erin! I could not agree more!

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  2. I had a similar conversation with my step-son this morning. He told me he was participating in "crazy" sock day tomorrow, and I told him I prefer calling it "happy" sock day because the kids I've known with Downs are the happiest kids I've ever met! ❤

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  3. I think its a well written post friend, I honestly never thought of this point of view but it makes sense. I like the wild and unique socks, so I will call them that, fun and unique, just like my Cedar.

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    1. Thank you! I love when we can all respect each other's views in the name of advocating!

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