Brigid Mila Brennan was born on April 21, 1991 and adopted on June 7, 1991. She attended Stuchbery Elementary, Beverly Hills Intermediate, Dobie High School, and she graduated from Georgetown High School.
That’s how she says “friend.”
And you are blessed if she calls you that.
My images of Brigid –
Her sunshining sliver of a smile
Calling it Up Syndrome
Putting her in boxes
Filled with styrofoam peanuts, jello, shredded newspaper
Different textures, baby. Notice!
Oh so slowly.
Tiny feet, fingers, ears.
Inside one of those tiny ears, something large.
A mass. Take it out.
Takes her hearing out with it.
“Watch my shows,” she declares.
Knows she should ask.
Knows she should say “please.”
If Brigid no wannie, it ain’t happening.
Oh, Downs kids are so happy and loving.
That’s what people say.
I say – take Brigid for a day.
Then come back and talk to me about stereotypes.
No one has taken me up on my offer. Ever.
Adorable. Precious. Unyielding. Fickle. Selfish. Generous. Stubborn.
More is inside her head than she can get out.
I worry about that. About her.
Not nearly as cognitively deprived as Kelsey.
Not nearly as cognitively blessed as Paul.
What awaits her?
When I have time.
When I see Brigid, though, I give my time to her.
I have little choice.
She is so happy and loving. And stubborn and vocal.
My Brigid. Hers.
May 4, 2003