And the parents of these wonderful teenagers who truly exemplify the Judeo-Christian values this country was founded upon. Via Sister Todjah, I happened upon this heart-warming story of a very special homecoming queen named Kristin Pass, whose classmates clearly see the beauty within:
Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.
Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School's homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.
Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek as Kristin joined eight other young women in the Homecoming Court to await the results of the vote, cast by the 360-plus members of Aledo High's senior class.
Then came the announcement ... and pandemonium.
"Oh my gosh! I was sitting in the student section and everyone stood up, crying and cheering for Kristin," said longtime friend and fellow senior Meaghan Geary, 17, who first met Kristin in the third grade. "It was great!"
Carolyn Pass stood at the edge of the football field, taking pictures of her daughter and friends' daughters in the court, when the stadium erupted.
"It's just something you can't even imagine," she said. "And afterward, everyone was just running down to her, congratulating her. And the other girls in the court, they're all just beautiful girls, inside and out."
Wow, I needed a story like this today!
Talk about choked up, the "tears are flowing freely" as I type this -- tears of joy knowing there are good kids out there demonstrating compassion and love for their fellow peers, even the "imperfect" ones; and tears of sadness over the fact that 90% of babies discovered to have Down syndrome are aborted. What a beautiful example this story is of yet another human being who possesses the innate ability to bring out the very best in those around her.
Hey Barack, this is what it means to "care for the least among us." And yes, that includes defenseless babies, no matter their physical or mental condition.
UPDATE: A beautiful photo