Some ask..."what is the look"? Let me explain when I see it and that might help explain it. When people find out Hailey has Down syndrome....when people ask how old she is (they find her incredibly small)...when people ask if she is walking and I proudly say that she has mastered crawling and fighting with her brothers...when people find out that Hailey had open heart surgery.
Behind the look is sometimes pity...it is relief that it isn't them...it is sympathy. I know people don't intend on giving the look. Most try very hard to maintain composure...they give a smile and then utter some pleasantries and then continue with their day. Who knows if they give Hailey another thought through the day. Some days the look makes me mad. I don't want pity. Some days it makes me sad. That the person didn't see how fabulous my daughter is and couldn't see past her diagnosis. That the person didn't treat her as they would any other one year old.
I would like to tell the next person that gives us "the look"...please don't give me your pity and I won't pity you that she isn't in your life because I promise you she would make it better than you could ever dream!
|Can you tell she thinks she is getting something she shouldn't have?|
Look closely and you can see her new top tooth.