46 CHOICES | 2017 WINTER ISSUE
SLOW DOWN &
SMILE BY RIDGELY GOLDSBOROUGH
remember meeting Lindsey in the pool on a summer afternoon. She frolicked and splashed about in her floating seahorse in the shallow end.
ly expressed her surprise at the blessings Lindsey gave her family, the closeness that stemmed from the operations, the celebration of each small victory.
ty that surround us everywhere, too caught up in the crisis du jour to notice smells, sights and sounds—the magnificent daily unfoldings.
A first step, a first word, meant so much.
I could tell from the almond shape and slight redness around her eyes that Lindsey suffered from Down’s Syndrome, a difficult condition fraught with ongoing physical challenges.
They would never worry if Lindsey didn’t make honor roll, or compete for student council or top-of-the-class.
What have you overlooked today? What did you miss?
Lindsey had already endured a number of heart and other surgeries, her first at barely three months of age. Despite the obstacles, Lindsey’s bright smile and youthful zeal revealed a young girl enjoying the whims of toddler-hood. Her mother shared with me that she and her husband consciously chose to bring Lindsey into the world, with full knowledge of her condition. She loving-
To them, if she could learn enough words to speak her mind, that would be an extraordinary success. Every milestone along the path, no matter how small, marked a huge triumph.
Even when we see, we quickly disregard. “Yeah, yeah, sure. Nice garden. Nice pots.” On to the next thing, in a furious flurry. Can’t dally. Gotta’ rush.
“She is our greatest treasure,” she said.
Suppose you slowed down.
Talk about perspective.
Suppose you brought yourself more into each moment, pulled focus from the problem at the office or the emergency that awaits you at home. If you do, you will discover two enor-
Nowadays, we take too much for granted. We neglect the tiny moments of beau-