July 3, 2014 § 1 Comment
I am writing from my hotel room in Anaheim, California. I am here with my family and 400 other families from around the world at the Williams Syndrome National Convention.
It is truly the happiest, friendliest place on Earth. I love the joy that just radiates from ALL people here and when my Facebook world collides with real world it’s magic. It is awesome to see so many beautiful Williams Syndrome smiles in one place. It is rare that we see any in our day to day lives and if we do it’s in waiting rooms in Boston hospitals to see specialists. But here my daughter goes to bed saying “I just love that girl, she looks just like me, she has blue eyes like me and curly hair like me! I feel like I’m looking at a younger me!” Imagine almost never seeing anyone who was quite like yourself….and then seeing hundreds who look like just like you!! It feels like home.
It feels like home because when we are here do not have to explain. We do not feel like we are ever being judged. We just feel “embraced.” Oh! And there’s a lot of actual embracing – hugs from everyone – it is glorious!
On top of the Joy of connecting with our WS family, we get to learn a lot. It is so beneficial to me in helping my daughter and also to me professionally. When else can you earn PDPs on vacation? I already learned a ton today! I feel blessed.
Off to hopefully sleep well and get over the jet lag.
I ❤️the WSA