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A very thought-provoking piece which I enjoyed as I work with adults with Down's syndrome. One sentence didn't seem to ring true for about the funeral overshadowing her big day, but otherwise great insight.
Moving lesson taught by a tender heart. Thanks for sharing this. :)
08/29/08
A very tender story that I really appreciate because I have a brother with Downs Syndrome.

The letter written by Charles seems far and above what a Downs person could write.

How lovely that the sister's experience with her brother translated into a sp. ed. career...mine did, too!
08/29/08
What a heart-rending story, beautifully told. Magnificent.
What a beautifully told story. This brought tears to my eyes.
08/31/08
A touching and beautiful story, so very well told. I loved it.
08/31/08
I wondered about the letter too, but lots of good lessons here and this line was especially good: "he never understood the concept of NOT forgiving." Nicely done.
08/31/08
Awwwwww. You almost made me cry! This was wonderful. I've known a few people with Down's, and they always have the best outlook on life.
09/01/08
Such a tender story! One that kids needs to hear and think seriously about.
09/02/08
Wonderful story! Patty's personality seemed to disappear in the middle, when she decided to abandon her brother, but that works for the story! I love the beginning and ending with the little girl. Nicely done.
09/04/08
Oh Arlene, this was beautiful. The line about Charles not knowing the concept of NOT forgiving was priceless and so true of those with Downs. Excellent writing...congratulations, my friend.