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The Magic of Life
The Magic of Life

One month ago, Emir turned 6 years old. When I asked him about his birthday present, he answered "LCD TV." At the beginning I thought it was an articulation problem... you know it happens to children with Down syndrome... so I repeated the question and the answer was the same. I was determined to keep believing there was a misunderstanding in our lovely conversation, but he held my hand and took me to his bedroom, showed me his old and antique 50 pounds TV and told me pointing with the index finger "Trash!" There was no doubt, he was asking me for an LCD TV! and was using his index finger properly at the same time :) Doctors never tell you things like this when your son is born with Down syndrome! If the doctor had told me that my son with Down syndrome would be asking me for a flat tv at 6 years old, maybe I had not cried so hard the first months and even the early years of his life. But yap! That's right! When Emir was born, LCD's had not even invented, so how the doctor could even have imagined?! This little highly technological man with Down syndrome, can perfectly distinguish between an analogical and a digital tv, not me! Down syndrome evolves over time... Our children use computers, play video games, listen music on their iPods and ask for "flat screens" for their birthdays. Emir didn't get the LCD flat screen, instead his father gave him a dog insisting there's nothing better than a doggie for a young child. Her name is "Mochy" it took two weeks for her to become part of our family. She gets happy and excited every time Emir & Ayelen come back from school, jumps, celebrates, and so far has became Emir's best friend. She jumps over Emir's lap when he is in time out, cries with him and when he laughs... you can tell there is an smile on her face too. Ayelen (who also has Down syndrome) still pulling her ears. Mochy runs away from her the most of the time, but at night when she finally falls asleep Mochy jumps to her bed and stay overnight taking care of her. Mochy understands better than many humans I know, and as a simple and noble doggie, she does not have prejudices to love with. Sometimes she looks Emir from afar and even seemed to smile. Mochy can simply love my children for who they really are, she doesn't care about Down syndrome, and as she doesn't talk either, their communication is heart to heart. Mochy never shows frustrated about any kind of delay, just because is not a human, she is a dog. Who have the good fortune to have this dog's life? A life free of prejudice with a tiny tail that shows happiness. A life without malice, without rancor! Not advanced technology, but certainly the best gift for Emir. Welcome to our lives Mochy!




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Liliana Garcia, United States, FL
2/1/2011 4:54:31 PM
Only a soul like you, with such strength, can speak in front of anyone, through any media, go here and there advocating for love. Ayelen and Emir could have never had a better MOM!

Carmen Andres, United States, FL
2/1/2011 2:55:06 PM
I love Emir and Ayelen, they are such good children and we can learn from them all the time and Eliana my good friend, I admire you so much, you always teach us a lesson with your life and example. Carmen

Imperia Torres, United States, FL
1/31/2011 11:15:47 AM
I consider Eliana my good friend and my teacher she has told me so much about kids with disabilities . I truly admire respect her and love her, she does so much for the families and continuously fights to educate us and teach us.

Tina Cordell, United States, FL
1/28/2011 9:17:42 AM
Ayelen and Emir are so lucky to have such a great mom and dad that are so accepting, loving and are such wonderful advocates for their children and for others with Down Syndrome.

Absar Chaudhary, United States, FL
1/27/2011 1:32:34 PM
Very Inspirational. Please, read and vote.

Jean Leopold, United States, FL
1/27/2011 1:29:53 PM
Eliana is the epithamy of motherhood. her passion, the nurturing warmth she provides to Emir and Ayelen is beyond terrestrial boundaries. As she continues to provide the uncompromise love to her children, she also is an avid advocate for the hispanic fami

Maria Bazdekis , United States, NY
1/27/2011 9:07:16 AM
Eliana, if I become half the mother and woman you are I will consider myself to have had a successful life.

Lorena, United States, FL
1/25/2011 10:28:58 AM
Very Cute!

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