DOWN IS UP FOR AARON EAGLE by Vicki Noble

DOWN IS UP FOR AARON EAGLE

A Mother's Spiritual Journey with Down Syndrome
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A mother finds spiritual and personal growth in raising her Down's syndrome son. Fair warning: Those intolerant of New Age jargon or icons like crystals and Tarot cards will balk at Noble's recounting of life with Aaron Eagle, who's now eight. When she became pregnant at age 37, Noble and her husband moved from California to Arizona, to a town chosen by casting the I Ching and dowsing with a crystal over a road map. The author then commanded her baby to change position in her womb in order to facilitate a natural birth--and believes that he obeyed her. Calling herself a healer, she's against immunization, lets fever burn out evil humors, and substitutes garlic for antibiotics. But anyone with an open mind will find much that is moving here, including Noble's belief that children like Aaron Eagle--whom she compares to the sacred clown/blessed fool honored in many religions--represent a spiritually purer, egoless form of human being. Like many Down's children, Aaron is remarkably happy, loving, and sociable, enjoying singing and dancing for an audience, hugging, shaking hands with strangers, and making people laugh. With the help of his parents, now separated, and other understanding caretakers and teachers, he's maintained his amiability as he attends a regular school, plays golf, and entertains guests with his harmonica. Without minimizing the difficulties (Aaron Eagle still wasn't completely toilet trained by the time he turned eight), Noble focuses on what her son has taught her in the way of discipline, patience, the ability to enjoy quiet, and a connection with the sacred. But she may seriously underestimate the ability of less spiritually oriented parents to empathize with, nurture, and enjoy these un-verbal children. A worthy message--but likely to appeal mostly to citizens of the Age of Aquarius. (Twelve b&w photographs--not seen)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-250737-0
Page count: 224pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993