Down Side Ups
Hey All! Here is a brand new comic I've created. It's about a family who (surprise!) has a baby with Down Syndrome. You might recognize some of the characters....ahem. Yes, totally inspired by people I know. I plan to post this once a week. Friday Fun Day!
We like to draw. Some nights, when we’re all together, we cover the kitchen table with rolled paper, and dump a pile of markers in the middle. Then everyone, from the oldest (comic book pro) to the youngest (who ends up wearing most of her art on her arms) cartoon together.
One such night, a fight broke out, because Unnamed Child drew a picture of chocolate chip cookies. Wild Child wanted to eat them. A third kid got involved, wanting whatever her siblings wanted, and a scuffle ensued.
We draw monsters and buffoons, dragons and sisters. The Boy usually draws dinosaurs and Celts, battling it out in kilts and beards. We draw our friends. Dancing on rainbows with animal bodies. Each person’s characters may start out alone, but soon they cascade into the next cartoon, blending into a circus of creative expression.
Add popcorn, and you have a perfect night.
My sister, my friend
Never underestimate the power of a sibling.
That Someone is near you for some very important years... you laughed together, you played together, you ate together, you even fought and cried together sometimes. You explored, had adventures, and got in trouble together. And somehow, now that you are all grown up and moved away, you miss them with an ache in your heart that can't be filled by anyone else.
Go ahead, call her!
You fill that same spot in his heart because you went through that wondrous and awesome journey of childhood together, elbowing each other the whole way.
Remind him that he is loved, and has been loved,
all the way from the very beginning.