In 1947, things were very different. Attitudes, blame cast, and so on. Anne Marie's life did not start out well, I don't think. Later though, she was assigned wonderful caregivers and lived a very good life, much loved by those who cared for her. And by my mom and me.
Some day, I may tell her story. She was severely disabled, could not speak, would never, ever look anyone in the eye, and had many other difficulties. But still had, for the most part, that sunny disposition you will find in people with this disability.
But that wasn't what I was going to write today. I just wanted to note that winter came roaring back last night with howling winds and snow flurries. A little was left this morning, but will soon melt.
Have a good day, my friends.
Oh my, you did get some snow! Luckily it will probably be gone by the time you read this! I'm sorry about your sister. How heartbreaking for your family. Things were different back then for sure.ReplyDelete
Yes, things were different then. Can’t imagine now doctors keeping things from parents. I’m glad your sister had a good life anyway. Such a sweet nickname for Ann Marie.ReplyDelete
It is so much more different now people know the reason why and are more tolerant and don't think that the person who has the child did something wrong which was a part of it back then. And the care that they give them and they found ways to teach them that they didn't know back thenReplyDelete
My heart melts!! I'm glad you shared this with me.ReplyDelete
All those years ago Doctors thought they knew best to not say if anything was amiss. Anne Marie, you would have been so loved, and your name and memory today in Inger's words, tell us that so much.The snow, I read there was a massive fall inland from you.Love those scenes you show today.ReplyDelete
I am so very sorry! So very sad. Our granddaughter's name is Anne Marie. Your photos are beautiful.ReplyDelete
I can't imagine the doctors not saying anything. Your post made me think of David.ReplyDelete
He was the 4th child of my mom's best friend and he had Down Syndrome born in 1953. He couldn't talk and was quite a handful but he was raised at home and treated just like the other kids. I grew up with him and have always had a soft spot for others like him. David was always so happy.
How strange not to tell your parents right away, but so much has changed about the medical profession.ReplyDelete
In those days doctors didn't give bad news. They wouldn't tell the patient if they were fatally sick, even. Do not telling your parents was very much of the period. I'm glad your sister did eventually have the best life she could. And that she knew she was loved.ReplyDelete
How hard that must have been on your family but it is wonderful that your sister got the attention and care she needed.ReplyDelete
I'm glad that your sister was well taken care of. Thanks for sharing. People with Down Syndrome are special people.ReplyDelete
Spring is only 4 days away. Soon the snow and cold weather will give way to spring flowers.
Ammi is a beautiful name - We live close to a Camphill community which is a community for adults with Downs Syndrome living and working side by side with able bodied coworkers. Most now live into their 80s. It is wonderful that things have changed from the time when Ammi was born. I'm happy that she had a good life and it's lovely to remember her.ReplyDelete
I am glad your sister had a good life despite the prevailing attitudes of the time.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger - I'd forgotten about your sister ... so this was sadly interesting to read - we just don't know how she would have felt or known ... I always feel challenged when I hear of these sorts of lives. Thank you for telling us a little more about Anne Marie.ReplyDelete
Gosh - that does look chilly - but I've noticed when the sun is out ... it is definitely warmer ... so Spring is on its way. Cheers - Hilary
Today there are special caring facilities for children with syndromes,yet family never ceases to carry the grief in their hearts.ReplyDelete
I'm glad that you got more snow but I'm sure that spring will return soon. That was a difficult memory, I imagine, but I hope that the memory of her sunny disposition made you smile.ReplyDelete
glad your sister received good care and seemed to have a sunny happy side to her.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the beautiful photographs and the memories of your sister.ReplyDelete
I am pleased that she had a good life and it is always important to remember loved ones.
All the best Jan