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January 16, 2021 2 min read

“Perfection. (noun): the quality or state of being perfect: such as a freedom from fault or defect. ⁣ Similar; excellence, magnificence ⁣ ⁣ What does perfection mean to you? I’ve never known one word to cause so much grief and also be what pushes people’s ambitions to get it right. People strive to attain perfection in so many aspects of their lives. Whether it’s a certain skill, at their job, a family, or their physical appearance. ⁣ ⁣ As a kid I remember those thoughts of, “If only I could change this or that, I’ll be perfect!” Or seeing friends with what appeared to me, was the “perfect family”. I’ve shared before that when I learned of Wynter’s Ds diagnosis, the one thing I feared was that she wouldn’t look like me. That I wouldn’t see myself in her. My mom and I constantly heard how much I look like her. She was the source of my identity. Of who I was. Where I come from. I no longer have that fear, I see myself so clearly in Wynter. When you grow up struggling with identity and feeling like you belong, it’s something you don’t want to pass down to your children. Not only do I want Wynter to be confident in her multi-ethnic roots, but also having Down syndrome. To have pride in all that makes up who she is. ⁣ ⁣ So perfection isn’t something I ever want to strive for, nor is it something I want Wynter (or Nova) to. I want them to lean into the imperfect. To embrace their differences and accept the differences of others. To see the beauty in it. To celebrate it. ⁣ ⁣ A similar definition to perfection is magnificence, and I think this spunky little girl is perfectly magnificent. 💫” - @lifewithwynterandnova⁣ ⁣ Love! Thank you @lifewithwynterandnova ❤️⁣ Go give this beautiful family a follow today! ⁣ ⁣ [image ID: a photo of a multiracial White, Asian and Black 4 year old girl with Down syndrome sitting in her bedroom in front of her bed with a book open in front of her. She is wearing a multi-colored yellow knitted crocheted vest over a long sleeve green top, striped bottoms and light-colored tights, her hair is in a bun with a yellow crocheted bow. She is looking at the camera with a slight smile.]

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