Story #2 – “Luke”

I still vividly remember the night my brother Luke was born.  I was 13 and my sister was 7.  We walked into the hospital room and I remember it being very quiet.  I could tell that something had happened, something not expected.  My parents had Brooke and I sit on the bed and they told us, “This is your brother Luke.  He has down syndrome, and a hole in his heart.”  I remember thoughts just swirling in my head, too many questions that I did not know if there were answers to.  Then I saw him – the cutest little guy ever, and held him for the first time.  At that moment I had a sense that everything was going to be okay. It is now 16 years later, and Luke is more than just okay!  Luke is a very passionate person, and there are many things in life that he loves – rock music, his electric drum set, guitars, girls, pretzels, Tastycake cookie bars from Wawa, the library, and more than anything else, he adores my two pugs, Winston and Clementine. To hear him tell it, they are his best friends in the whole world.

Luke has a way of making those around him feel that they are the only person in the room.  His teachers refer to him as “The Mayor” at the school, and he is always there for his classmates with a high-five or an arm around the shoulder.  He is just one of those special kids that makes an impact on everyone that he meets.  I remember talking to someone I had just met, and we realized that we were from the same town. In passing I mentioned something about “My brother Luke”, and she grabbed my arm and said “Wait, not Luke C…?!  He was one of my kids at summer camp and he was my absolute favorite.  He was so sweet and so much fun!”.  As we continued to talk, I found out that the summer camp was years beforehand, but Luke left that much of an imprint on her, that she could still recall all of the funny and sweet stories about him from the few weeks that she spent with him.

I am very blessed to have Luke as my brother. He has a kindness and genuineness to him that you just don’t see in our society anymore.  No matter how upset, overwhelmed or sad I might be feeling, if I talk to Luke, I cannot help but smile  Even the most simple conversations with him remind me of the way that I should see life, and I always come away feeling UP !

~ Joanna, Luke’s older sister


One comment on “Story #2 – “Luke”

  1. Pat Deery
    March 22, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    This is a beautiful story and very upliftng. Thanks for sharing your brother with all.

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