Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

I Trust You

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

I Trust You

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"Steven is an awesome person who has inspired me to take life one day at at time and not take anything for granted."

Melissa Scranton, 16, wrote this poem as an extra credit assignment for her English class. Inspiration for her words came from her brother Steven, 18, who has Down syndrome. Melissa and Steven attend the same high school and share a very close sibling relationship. They often ride bikes together, and Melissa is Steven's buddy on a local Challenger League baseball team. According to Melissa, "Steven is an awesome person who has inspired me to take life one day at a time and not take anything for granted." Melissa and Steven live with their younger brother David and parents, Jean and Steven, in Swampscott, Massachussetts.

MOM'S TURN

"Steven and Melissa are very close, 16 months apart. Melissa is a wonderful advocate for her brother and is a girl who has really grown up. She is very involved in Steven's life and worries about him constantly. Her poem is very inspiring and expresses her true feelings about her brother. Steven has a wonderful sense of humor and personality. He's just so enlightening and smart and talented. Steven knows no hatred and he loves everyone."

I TRUST YOU by Melissa Scranton

   I trust you with my brother,
   And I hope that you will see,
   Although he may seem confident,
   He's as fragile as can be.
   If at first he seems unfriendly,
   Or he doesn't seem to care,
   Remember this is new to him,
   He may be frightened there. … 
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