I Support Unicorn Farts

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There’s this thing.  It happens in the Down syndrome community.  (I think it happens in other places too, but I can only speak to what I know.)

unicorn By KarenSLewis (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

I call it the unicorn fart phenomenon.

When I started reading blogs and articles written by parents who have kids with Down syndrome, part of me was confused.  I had a kid with Down syndrome, but someone had forgotten to have me drink the kool-aid.  There I was, crying my eyes out, and reading things like, “My child is the best thing that ever happened to me!” or “The sky’s the limit!”  Huzzah, Down syndrome!  Rah!  My life is full of sweet-smelling unicorn farts and rainbows.

I just couldn’t grasp what was happening.  

Why on earth were these parents shouting these strangely positive things, every chance they got?  Weren’t they sad?  Their children had Down syndrome

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