It’s a deliberate act, switching off the lights to bring in the cake. The joy on her face glows brighter in candlelight.
Those first couple of years she couldn’t shape her lips and blow, but in time she learned. Each of the ten candles today marks a road less travelled, every step hand in hand with her extra chromosome, her companion for life.
Where once the candles were lit partly in mourning—a grace to the child that never was—today they blaze and dance like the child herself, singing “Happy Birthday to me!” at the top of her glorious voice.
Peggy Gerber says
This is the best story I have read recently. Very good and thoughtful.
Lisa C. says
Such a poignant and lovely story.
Kim M. says
This is a wonderful story. You have conveyed the struggles and joy beautifully.
Amazing and beautiful story. One of the best 101 stories yet!
Wow! This is really a wonderful story. Hope to read more of your stories soon… Aubrey
toby newall says
A perfect snapshot Audrey that captures so much of the bigger picture.
Lindsay Bamfield says
Such a lovely story – with so much packed into so few words. Bravo!
Fascinating expression, Audrey.
Beautiful, especially to anyone with a disabled sibling. Meaningful. Thank you!
I have a child with missing and extra chromosomes. This got me in my all the feels.
Ack! The leftover word in switching sentence structure. Wish I could edit it. Sorry, all.