9 Ways My Son Lives A Simple, Beautiful Life

His word is his bond.
03/09/2017 01:02pm ET | Updated March 9, 2017
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My husband and I often wonder what goes on in our son Alex’s head (in a good way). Alex very obviously experiences the world differently from the rest of us, and when I observe him, I wish I had a pair of goggles that would permit me to see things from his perspective.

Lacking the capacity for that, I decided to intently watch and listen, to see if I could, perhaps, gain some insight. This is what I gleaned:

  1. People are the most important. Alex never takes his loved ones for granted.
  2. He doesn’t interrupt. Ever. Maybe he’s simply more patient, but I suspect this goes back to #1. People matter to him so he wants to hear us out.
  3. While he values his inner circle, he doesn’t allow the opinion of outsiders stop him from pursuing his passions or doing what he believes in his heart he must.
  4. His word is his bond. He won’t tell you yes if he means no or maybe, his yes means yes, and his no means no.
  5. He has a temper, but all it takes for him to get over it is a little giggle. He never, ever holds grudges.
  6. Dancing and singing are a daily part of his life. If you happen to see him leaping, turning and two-stepping down the street, pay no mind, his walk has simply turned into a Disney parade.
  7. The only thing he’s ashamed of is when he hurts others, which is always unintentional.
  8. He has serious navigational skills. That seems random, but this kid can find his way around the whole county, and he does it by remembering where his friends live.
  9. Love wins, and he knows it.

I tend to value philosophy, deep thinking and insight, and sometimes overlook simple wisdom. Thankfully I have a living reminder of what is really important and good in this world, because so often I forget.

And by the way, Alex happens to have Down syndrome.