The talk about Down sydrome in the house — overt talk, anyway — has died down, with the science fair projects completed (two First Place ribbons, thank you very much) and put away.
But I keep thinking about something Annabelle mentioned casually, when we were talking about Sophie, in the course of her research.
“A lot of people think Sophie’s a midget,” she said, in that matter-of-fact way only a second grader can achieve — and mean.
“Does that bother you?” I asked. (That’s all I could think of to ask — that was appropriate, anyway.)
“No, I just tell them she’s not,” Annabelle replied.
It’s an innocent question, and not a dumb one, considering that Sophie stands literally half as tall as many of her kindergarten classmates.