Chloe: planting more positive seeds in 11 years than most human beings do in a lifetime
By Kurt Kondrich
During the month of October we celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Since the birth of my beautiful daughter Chloe in 2003 I have become very aware of characteristics and behaviors these amazing individuals with an extra chromosome possess.
Shortly after Chloe’s birth and Down syndrome diagnosis we were told all the things Chloe could not do. After our family connected to awesome families and professionals in the field of Early Intervention we soon began to see all the incredible things Chloe could do. She has planted more positive seeds in 11 years than most human beings do in a lifetime.
When Chloe was born I was a city Police Officer. I had spent almost 20 years dealing with misguided people trying to hurt and deceive others in our lost culture of death. As I watched Chloe grow and spread her bright Light, I have often asked God what I did right to be blessed with such a pure child who will never intentionally hurt anyone and who is not capable of malice or evil.
During my career as a Police Officer I never recall an individual with Down syndrome being arrested or sought after for committing a crime. I have never seen a news story of a person with Down syndrome involved in a heinous act.
Chloe and individuals like her are filled with unconditional love, kindness, and empathy. I would go so far as to suggest that if the world were filled with people with an extra chromosome we would see a dramatic drop and probable ending to crime, hate, war, prejudice and violence.
I speak and present frequently to large groups of students, professionals, families and community members, and I tell them if I want to see someone who is disabled, broken and in need of intervention I just go to the mirror.
Chloe meets frequently with policymakers and leaders to show the abilities and purity of children with Down syndrome. She has shown countless people that all life is a priceless, precious gift to be embraced, protected and cherished.
I recently asked an elected official this question: “How do you know Chloe and individuals like her are not looking at the rest of us and thinking ‘What is wrong with these humans who are filled with anger, violence, hatred, depravity and despair and why can’t they fix themselves’?” Who are the truly defective, broken, disabled ones in our culture of death?
During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, please take time to connect with one of these very special, unique people.
Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”