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Before she was old enough to even talk very well, Amanda was singing. My mom snapped a Polariod of her ate age two, singing into a jump rope, with one shoe on and the other foot bare. The picture pretty … Continue reading
This is how the days trickle past. In two more days it will be three weeks since I have started painting Amanda. It is easy to neglect those who love you. Don’t let your life slip by without sharing bits … Continue reading
Once in awhile Amanda and I like to hang out at the DeTour Harbor. We walk out on the dock and watch the freighters go by. Mostly, Amanda likes to pose for pictures. I have a lot of memories of … Continue reading
When Amanda told me she wanted to put bungee jumping on her bucket list, I was all, “Yeah, okay. You have fun with that.” She added this to other things I would not partake in, like skydiving and riding in … Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a beach, right? But the Scenic has pretty much ruined all other beaches for us, with its clean sand and lighthouse view. It’s where Dad used to take us swimming when we were small, and Amanda learned … Continue reading
When Amanda turned 41 in September 2011, we had a big party for her at the local hair salon. Entertainment was provided in the form of an accordion player. (!) Guests included the proprietor Betty, her now-husband Jim, Mom and Dad … Continue reading
Those of us fortunate enough to know Amanda as she really is, without the Down Syndrome label, without talking over her or putting her in another room to watch cartoons with the kids (an ex-boyfriend’s sister actually did that once), … Continue reading
Among Amanda’s first words were, “Who’s that?” This was abbreviated into one word. “Whozat?” When she was about two years old, this was her way of asking to meet someone. She would point at them and say, “Whozat?” The variation … Continue reading
Amanda would appreciate this image, as it is probably her favorite stage that her hair was in — long and flowing. This is the longest her hair ever got. She was about seven years old here. We always thought it … Continue reading
In honor of Down Syndrome Day, this shows Amanda as she truly is: A goof ball! Like her dad before her, she has a self-effacing sense of humor. She is a person very confident in who she is. I wanted … Continue reading
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