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Today I witnessed a touching picture of love.
Noah is 7, and his little brother, Jaxten is 3. Normally the bigger brother would be helping the younger, but not in these pictures. You see, for Noah certain tasks that are easy for others, aren’t so easy for him. Putting on his own socks is one of those tasks.
He struggles with the fine motor skills required to put on his own socks. As we were getting ready to leave our house this morning, I asked Noah’s 3 year old brother to help Noah get his socks on, and this is what I saw.
What an awesome picture of Biblical servanthood (read: real love.) Seeing our 3 year old son get down on the floor and put socks on his older brothers feet. Jaxten is so kind to Noah.
My hope is as the boys get older, Noah’s two brothers will continue to love, serve, and help him. Jaxten, Noah may not be able to tell you how much he appreciates and loves you, and I’m sure you can’t understand at 3 how much we do, but we do.
We love you so much buddy, and are so thankful you are in all of our lives.
If you’re a parent of a newborn child with Down syndrome you may have mixed feelings about this post. On one hand you’re encouraged by a sweet story about two brothers, but on the other hand you may be discouraged that our son with Down syndrome is 7 and has a hard time putting his socks on. I get it. By this time, you’d expect that a 7 year old could put his socks on, and you may be discouraged that our son can’t. But that’s life.
For all of us.
We all do well in some areas, and need a little help in others. For Noah, putting on his socks it a little tough. But he does really well in other things…like snow tubing, riding roller coasters, and skiing (ok, he may not really well with snow skiing, but he tried.) When Noah was young I think I would have been discouraged by a post like this. I would want my son to be able to put his socks on 100%, every time, without help, by 7. But the older I (and Noah) get, the more I understand that every child really is unique. They will excel at some things, and need a little help with others. It’s all good. The important thing is that we all (adults included) have people in our life to help us “put our socks on” so to speak.
For those of you that have a child with Down syndrome, and other children, do the typical children help out the child with Down syndrome? Share your stories in the comments below!
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