I recognize that you are new to the world of Down syndrome. I do not believe you were ready to be thrust in the public eye when Trig was still so young. I doubt that most moms would have been. It helps to have your footing underneath you before you are asked to defend that extra chromosome in public. Unfortunately, the moment you walked across the stage to accept the nomination for Vice President of the United States with Trig in your daughter's arms, you became a national spokesperson for Down syndrome. I understand this has been harder for you that you first realized.
However, you do have the national spotlight. Like it or not, you are now speaking on behalf of not only Trig, but also my daughter and all the other boys and girls, men and women who belong to this club, this NONPARTISAN Club of Trisomy 21. I strongly recommend that you take a step back. Hug Trig. Then look him in the eyes. Allow yourself to fast forward several years. To the day that Trig is old enough to ask you why. "Why mom? Why did you let individuals from the Republican party slide when they made fun of "Retards? That is not satire mom. It's not funny. It hurts when people make fun of me. Mom, why didn't you stand up for ME?"
Sarah, I strongly suggest you seek an advisor, a confidante, someone to help you navigate this additional world of developmental disabilities you are now in. It must be an individual that understands the unique issues I am referring to. It cannot be anyone associated with your political aspirations whatever they may be. Assuming you do run for President, even get elected, you will be in the White House for a maximum of eight years. If you are as lucky as I am, Trig will be in your life for at least quadruple that amount of time.
For additional information and to view video footage of events leading up to this post, please go to Rejenerations, Down with Oz, One more, More than one, A is for Aidan, Finnian's Journey, T-Cubed, A Hapa Girl, The unknown Contributor, Little Miss E.