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Monica & David
Monica, David and I at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of our film.
Monica, David and I at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of our film.
Monica & David

Yesterday I spent the day with my cousin, Monica, and her husband, David. I'd been a bit consumed and stressed for the past few weeks, but after sharing a day with these two lovely people, the world seemed to melt away. Monica and David have a wonderful, contagious effect. It's not a childish, angelic innocence (words often used to describe adults with Down syndrome); but rather an ability to put life into perspective. Monica and David stress, mourn and hurt as we all do, and they sometimes annoy me, as I'm sure I can annoy them. But they also have a rare talent for living life in the present, a very Zen approach which so many people spend their lives seeking. EAT, PRAY, LOVE seems ridiculous compared to the intuitive, effortless way in which Monica and David live. Of course, even for a couple who is blissfully in love and enlightened, life can be tough; but the obstacles aren't their own. The outside world seems to be a bit behind in its embrace of anyone who is unique or different, and often judges a person with a disability as "less than" or lacking something. To me, Monica and David are two of the most complete and sophisticated individuals that I know, and I hope to learn to be more like them over time. In some small way through our film (MONICA & DAVID), we hope to contribute to the growing movement towards change, opportunity and full community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.




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Ione E. Couch, United States, PA
9/13/2011 8:23:44 PM
This short story is so moving. I like reading the story behind the story as I\'ve seen the documentary along with other media.

Daphne, United States, FL
9/13/2011 9:14:49 PM
Ali, Thank you for sharing their incredible story and love with the world!

Paula Driscoll, United States, CA
9/14/2011 2:11:27 AM
I have a 29 y.o. daughter with Down syndrome. She has a boyfriend 26 who also has Down syndrome. They love each other very much and talk a lot about getting married some day. I am so happy to read about Monica & David and look forward to getting the D

Diana Johnston, United States, TX
9/14/2011 9:51:59 AM
Their story really inspires me. Our beautiful daughter, who will be 3 this New Year's Eve was born with Down Syndrome. She's doing wonderful.....definitely a typical 2yr old. We're so blessed to have her in our lives. Best of luck to Monica and David

Kerith Roche, United States, PA
9/14/2011 12:28:06 PM
Ali, Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful story. It gives me so much hope for my daughter Alexi's future, now only 7 weeks old and still living at the hospital as she was 10 weeks premature as well. I really knew nothing about living with Down syndrome.

Ali Codina, United States, FL
9/15/2011 8:45:11 AM
Thank you all of your beautiful, personal responses. And congrats on your sons and daughters who have a world of possibilities waiting for them.

Berneeta Allison, United States, PA
9/26/2011 10:58:29 AM
Beautiful story! My son, Ben, and his girlfriend, Ashley, both have down syndrome. They also hope to get married someday. This story was very encouraging.

David Jesus Martinez, United States, FL
9/28/2011 3:52:21 PM
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