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Posted by Aapril on July 14, 2000 at 16:01:37:

In Reply to: Re: Spirituality & Downs Syndrome / Special Needs posted by Vicky on February 29, 2000 at 12:21:08:

: Hi Leigh,

: Yes, I too, believe that Kimberlee has a deep sense of spirituality. I have noticed her at church looking up, with a smile on her face, as
: if she can see something we cannot. My brother told me when she was born, that because of an experience he had had with a young man in his chuch with DS, that he believed that they could "see things that we cannot." Kimberlee loves to listen to Contemporary Christian Music, even though she is just five years old. Just this morning, we were riding along and listening to
: Kathy Tracolli singing, "My life is in Your Hands." When the song went off, Kimberlee smiled and sighed, then said, "So pretty." I really believe that she can truly sense the presence of God, even at such a young age. Well, I just read your post and wanted to share some of our experiences. Take care and God bless!

: Vicky

HI..My son with Downs is an adult, and I find his understanding and profoundness is sometimes amazing. He lost his grandmother who is loved dearly.. About a year and a half later, day before his birthday he sat on his bed looking at the last b-day card she sent him. He told me that the night before when he was going to bed, he had a "sort-of a dream" but that it wasn't a dream. He said she was in the room "sort-of". He said he asked her if she was a ghost. He said she only smiled at him and kissed him on the forhead. I asked if he was frightened and he said not at all. Ironically, he'd been suffering from depression, and I could really sense a beginning of change in his depression after that.
I mentioned this to the psychologist at the clinic for adusts with DS, and he said they hear things like this often.
Very interesting!

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