GUESS WHAT?! Moxie and I are headed for the NDSC Convention over in Indianapolis.
Uh-huh, I’m torn between feeling sorry for Mikey (watching Mac-Q on his own along with the farm and shuttling Micah around) and being REALLY DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY!!!!
I’m one of those super lucky parents that genuinely likes all of my children, and I find them even more enjoyable when they are not together. Like, when I get to hang out with them one-on-one. Moxie being my favorite daughter, well, I’m truly looking forward to being able to spend a lot of time with her, just the two of us.
Long plane ride? Awesome. Getting to navigate everything with her? We’ll have so much fun! I’ll bring a map and we’ll be like Dora.
The part that gets me nervous is the part about meeting all these people that I’ve known for years online, but meeting them for the first time in real life….
My nasally voice
So I’d like to just come out here and have it to be known ahead of time that I have a really nasally voice.
It’s kind of awful really, very unsexy, right up there with my cankles.
Okay, so! Got that out of the way, but there is still the…
What if everyone hates me?
I am a little nervous that people will meet me and be all, “YOU ARE SO BORING! And your voice! So nasally! Get thee back to cyberspace!
But I’m just going to take a deep breath and look at my girl (who I really enjoy spending time with) and remember why I’m there in the first place: to learn about things that are related to the syndrome that she has, to connect with people that want to connect and to meet a whole lot of adults with Down syndrome
The deaf piece
NDSC has me all set up with an interpreter – woot!
I’m also digging the NDSC app, trying to get a sense of what I really want to catch so that I can plan for the interpreter. I also want to remind everyone/anyone who might be reading (who I might meet there) (who won’t hate me) that I am NOT having a love affair with your mouth at any time; I really do lipread, please go easy on me without draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwing eveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerything ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut.
We’ll find a way to make it happy, I’m sure.
That’s about it – are you going too?
Yeah? How will I know you?
Meriah is the deaf, single mom of 3 kids (one gifted 2E, one with Down syndrome). A longtime career counselor, teacher and disability advocate, she loves helping to create community and empower parents, people with disabilities (and of course, parents with disabilities).