Prom Queen of Love

Three beauties photographed by Carolyn Pass

Got this great story from reader Frank, who found it here.

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.

“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!”

We live in a society where being “different” is either an affect (in which case, it is usually accepted as “eccentric” or “counter-cultural”) or it is rejected as being “difficult.” People with Down Syndrome have been increasingly rejected by a society that thinks the best way to deal with that extra chromosome is to just destroy the person, in utero.

But we cheat ourselves when we disallow these “difficultly different.” We lose exposure to a way of viewing things that is simplified, and usually reduced to love – without prejudice. Crazy open-ness, rejecting nothing and no one. Instead of believing we can learn anything from them, our society – thinking we know it all – finds these people expendable. One only has to look at the rantings of some that Sarah Palin should have aborted her son, Trig, to realize how far we have come into the mindset that certain people are disposable, particularly if they are seen as being “useless” to the larger society.

Because there is no use in human beings capable of unconditional love, is there? Because in a world so full of anger and a hate that is so free-flowing it barely needs a reason, we can’t use a little bit of all-accepting love?

Her selection as homecoming queen was a wonderful surprise. But Meaghan seemed to have an inkling that it could happen.

“Everyone loves Kristin,” she said, “and I didn’t know for sure, but in class everyone was like, ‘Who are you voting for?’ and everybody was like, ‘Vote for Kristin, she’s so good.’ ”

Kristin doesn’t care what’s on the outside, Meaghan said. She’s friends with everyone, and everyone admires that.

“She’s the person we all want to be,” Meaghan said.

Nothing to learn there, I suppose.

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  • deedledee

    When I read this story this past weekend, I e-mailed it to family with the title “Get the Tissues Ready.” I also googled the news section and found there were two other girls with Down Syndrome and one boy named their schools Homecoming Queens and King. Sarah Palin, God bless you for the witness of little Trig, the new face of “choice.” I really think that is why these females putting her down are so deranged because Sarah Palin exposes their lies. Trig shows that imperfect babies are not monsters and Bristol shows that court protection for underage pregnant girls to get an abortion is not needed because pro-life people may preach against pre-teen sex, but they turn on a dime and embrace their own once a new life is created (after much yelling and angst, to be sure.)

  • Maggie45

    Totally BEAUTIFUL ! Thank you.

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  • rcareaga

    “She’s the person we all want to be,” Meaghan said.

    Although I suspect few would be found who would literally be willing to change places with Kristin were such a trade to become magically available, I take the point as intended. A relative of mine is an attorney specializing in “special education” cases, representing the parents of children categorized under the bureaucratic catchall phrase of “developmentally disabled.” Some of these kids seem to me self-evidently among the most benign characters who have ever walked the earth: no guile, not a particle of malice in them. Kudos to Kristin and to her classmates.

  • Bridey

    This is lovely. It seems clear they elected Kristin out of simple respect and fondness for her, just like they would any other homecoming queen. Great kids, and great to hear about.

  • dellbabe68

    Thank you, thank you for this story.

  • Foxfier

    Thank you, Anchoress.

    The power of love is a curious thing
    make a one man weep, make another man sing
    Change a hawk to a little white dove
    more than a feeling, that’s the power of love

  • ViolaJ.

    Oh Anchoress, this is so heart warming. Foxfier, I love what you wrote here. Isn’t that the truth!!!

    I will have to do something with this story on my site as well. Thank you for posting this. It is wonderful!!!!

  • Aunty Franny

    Hot Dog, Anchoress!!

    You fixed the log in. Nice job.

    But even nicer was this post about such a dear bunch of wonderful young people. Funny, the 2 girls next to her look like gazelles and are what one would expect to see, but, they seem even more gorgeous to me because their joy is authentic and that is readily apparent. Astounding in today’s “Mean Girl” culture. Hope springs eternal.

    Gives me hope for my little niece with the gift of Down Syndrome. I wonder what glass ceilings she will break through? I have great hopes for that little 7 mo old.

    You turned the sun lamp back on in my heart. I’m grateful. Infinitely.

    Ciao from Crazy San Francisco where I always read your posts 3 hours behind everyone else. :)

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