A father remembers a special daughter.
Parents are never fully prepared for the birth of a first child. But when Alexander’s daughter Lindsey was born, he and his wife had no idea what joy and heartache the next 16 years would bring. Soon after her birth, Lindsey was diagnosed with Down syndrome and severe heart defects. During the first few years of her life, she underwent several open-heart surgeries to correct the defects and enable her to be as active as possible. The doctors’ efforts were well rewarded, as Lindsey grew into an energetic, loving, outgoing girl, adored by her parents, brothers, extended family and many friends. In this short memoir, Lindsey’s father recounts the traits that made her special, both those related to her physical and mental handicaps and her strong personality and spirit. While enduring numerous illnesses and hospital stays, as well as rigorous daily medication regimens, Lindsey attended school, marched with the drill team, participated in the Special Olympics, taught sign language and attended the eighth-grade prom with her boyfriend. In sharing both fond and painful memories, as well as personal photographs, Alexander not only documents his daughter’s remarkable life, but also passes on the infectious joy with which she approached the world and the lasting impact she had on those she left behind. He closes with brief reflections on her final days and how he struggled to find peace after her death. In this debut, Alexander’s narrative occasionally meanders, but the prose is heartfelt and engaging.
A touching read for anyone, but especially poignant for parents raising children with similar conditions.