Monday, April 27, 2009

Jenna and Down Syn-Drum

Last week, I took the kids to the Y for swimming lessons. On the way into the lesson, we saw a gentleman with Ds who works there. We stopped to say "hello" and the gentleman said "hi" then leaned down to say "hi" to Brennan in his stroller. He asked how old Brennan was, asked his name, and commented on how cute he was. We had to cut our conversation short since Jenna and Tanner's class was about to start. As we were walking away, Jenna said "Does he have the same thing Brennan has?" I was surprised that she made this connection since she hadn't met any adults with Ds before. She said she knew because people with Down syndrome (which she pronounces "down syn-drum") sometimes look similar. We had been to a playgroup for kids with Down syndrome the weekend before, so I asked Jenna if she had been able to tell which kids had Ds when we were there. She said that sometimes she could...except for Brennan, because according to Jenna, "Brennan doesn't look like he has Down syn-drum." He actually does - but to Jenna, he just looks like her little brother (who she likes to say looks just like she did when she was a baby!).

7 comments:

Laurie said...

What a great picture!!

That's really interesting that she was able to make that connection! Smart little one : ) It was great to see you guys last weekend!

The Bryant Family said...

Cute picture. We dont see the downs in Tucker most times either, he is just Tucker to us. :)

Becca said...

That is so sweet :-) your little Jenna is a darling - and so is Brennan!

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. How very sweet that Jenna sees her little brother as just that, a little brother. Very cute photo of the two of them.

Grandma Susan said...

That's a priceless photo of the two of them, Sharon. Sweet Jenna, so observant and what a dear comment about Brennan.

Shauna said...

Amazing!

Love, Aunt Shauna

Tim and Kelli said...

That is the cutest story. What a smart little Jenna making the connection.