Wandering around the Magic Kingdom for the first time ever and without Kids proved to be quite the experience. I was enjoying myself, but missed the kids (kind of, shhh) No, really it was a blast and I opted not to bring my big ole camera in the park so we used our cell phones and a throw away. (AHHHH, I can’t believe i used a throw away it felt like a foreign object in my hand).
I couldn’t help but notice the gentlemen with Down Syndrome ringing the bell outside the haunted mansion, I was intrigued and both Paul and I wanted to say hello! Jose just rocked, bottom line. He lives independently with his best friend and takes a bus to work everyday. I showed him pictures of my boys and told him my Grady had Down Syndrome, he looked up at me and said “NO WAY, let me see him again” he then looked up at me with a great smile and said ” Oh, I used to have Down Syndrome” . And just like that, we made eye contact and my heart melted in the most comforting way. I couldn’t argue with him, he was right, although he was born into this world with a medical diagnosis, somewhere along his life journey according to him he was free from the diagnosis, the box, the tulips, the stereo types.
He was Jose, and one hot and sunny April day, Jose blessed my soul.
*Jose wants to come and visit us in NY someday and even called us this past week to tell us his future plans and after a nice conversation on the phone, ended our conversation with “I love you”. I can see us keeping in touch, you never know Jose might just be at the buddy walk with us this year 🙂
So yes, I did experience a sprinkle of Magic in the Magic Kingdom, in probably the most unexpected ways.
(I hope to blog more this week, I’m still all turned around from our trip, catching up here at home and all the current noise I have going on in my head, I am trying to get the hamster back onto the wheel and start organizing up there…. stay tuned)