JASMINE GARCES


When Jasmine was born, everybody gave thanks for the wonderful gift of a new child in

the family. Like any other baby, she was cherubic and her smile never failed to warm the

heart.  She was the center of attention; a princess everyone adored and just can’t get

enough of.  So cute and cuddly!

When music emanates from the family radio, Jasmine gets carried away.  Music would signal a

moment of jolly good time-full of laughter and merriment. When Jasmine dances with

the music, (oh how good she can move- so flexible, so in time with the beat, so

inventive for moves) she’s awesome.  Music and dancing takes her to planes and

dimensions she alone understands. She’s taken by the music like a feather taken by

the soft wind. Time stops when she hears music or dances with it. Almost surreal,

almost sublime.

Jasmine’s congenital anomaly is rather chromosomal in nature. Persons with Down

Syndrome may vary in levels and thus their personalities differ.

The realization that a child is suffering from Down Syndrome can be devastating to the

parents. The best way to contend with it, is to accept it and give the child all the love,

care and understanding more than doubly afforded the typical child.

It has been observed and well-studied, that the majority of congenitally defective

individuals are very sensitive people. They are easily provoked, and the least

unintentional action may be easily taken as a threat or intimidation. They can

exaggerate reactions deliberately or without any much thought.

Persons afflicted with Down Syndrome, however, are mostly quiet, contented and

extremely happy. For Jasmine’s parents, they didn’t mind at all that their daughter was

different. They were proud of her in fact. She is sweet, loving, kind, graceful, easy and

above all, always happy. They love her as she is; they take her everywhere; people are

fond of her jovial, peaceful nature; and her being happy 99% of the time is very

infectious.

Being 18 years old now, Jasmine started to menstruate at 13, like any other girl. It was a

mess at first but later she had learned how to take care of herself when it comes every

month. She wouldn’t even bother anyone for a napkin; she buys it herself and fends for

her well-being during the period.

She is also amazingly more independent of others than most persons like her. She takes

a bath by herself, takes care of her baby nephews and nieces, sets the table and eats by

herself, and even washes the dishes and throws away the garbage and does all other simple

house chores.

Antics cannot be avoided. For these people, they never run out of silly, cute, and odd

mischiefs. Keys are not where they are anymore, the food disappears and appears on

the table; wallets, all sorts, are in the second drawer of her cabinet; slippers don’t have

their pairs anymore, and a bear hug, a quick kiss or sudden pat in the backs can startle

members of the family; and a huge, warm, hearty laughing streak would ensue for sure.

For Jasmine, her circumstances are the most ideal for someone like her. She can be

considered lucky-particularly in this part of the world. For, her lifetime is one with a

lot of love and understanding; one that has learned how it is to be truly loved in spite

of what she  ‘happened’ to be.

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