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My daughter is a ham. She engages everyone with a sassy smile and a high-energy wave. She waves as though her life depends on it. Some people are not so thrilled with the ear-shattering scream that may accompany the wave and those people I do not care about. I chose not to dwell on it.
Nearly every Saturday morning we go to Hoover's Southern Cooking for breakfast taco's and sweet potato pancakes. We are creatures of habit. The thing is, they love us, er Ellie. No, I am not being grandiose or vain. It is the honest truth. We walked into the restaurant and from the kitchen I overhead some of the waitresses saying "We love Ellie's family! They are our favorites". The waitresses enjoy stopping by our table to talk to Ellie and ask how she is doing. They certainly are not stopping by to talk to me or Andrew. This is just one of the places.
Quizno's is another one. Mmmm mmm mmmm Toasty! Ellie and I go there at least once a week and typically with my girlfriend Jess and her kiddos. Actually, I go to two different franchises. The first one I frequented when I was pregnant. The manager always offers to babysit sweet Ellie. At the second one, they have our order memorized and give Ellie free cookies. FREE COOKIES. Take a wild guess which Quizno's I am going to be headed to.
The mall. Do you know that I have met so many random strangers at the mall due to Ellie's frantic waving and big smile? I just tear up when I think of this encounter. Then there was the time this woman chatted with Ellie and gave her a fruit cup. Really. A free fruit cup. Since having Ellie, I have been reminded that while there is some evilness, people can be and ARE good. I lost sight of that based off of previous life experiences and Ellie has reminded me of human's innate kindness.
Of course there are those parents who
Finally, there is our fabulous weekly playgroup. No, they do not stare because that would be unnerving and rude (if they are staring it is because Ellie such a little fashionista!), but they are our friends who love Ellie for WHO she is and they treat her the same as everyone else. Our playgroup is filled with so many wonderful ladies and their children and I am fortunate that they play such a big role in our lives. If not for Ellie, I never would have meet these dear women. Anyway, I have been told that sometimes their kids will say something along the lines of "Ellie Bear has one of these" or "Ellie Bear does that" when they are home, outside of playgroup. My Highlander is also referred to by these young kids as "Ellie Bear's car". Great, I do not even get possession of my own car. Yep, it is The Bear's car.
All of these wonderful encounters in various venues as a direct result of "staring" at my darling little Ellie Bear. All of these encounters with people I never would have met if it wasn't for my precious little girl.
Do they remember us because Ellie is "the one with Down syndrome"? Or do they remember us because she is joyful, loving, and engaging (and a full-fledged diva)? I do not know and right now, I do not care for Ellie has touched their lives in a good way. Plus, I love the free cookies.