I was being really self indulgent this morning and watching TV in bed on my laptop and enjoying several cups of tea!
I was watching a minor streaming service and came across a lovely documentary on showing mostly quite old material, but things I'd missed over the years, and this was one of them. I don't know if any of you might remember seeing this, but if not, it's worth a view!
It was around 20 years old, but I loved it because it was so heartwarming, and it had a Care theme. It was simply called ‘Norm’.
Its subject was Norm, who was born with Downs Syndrome in Canada in 1949 and the documentary was made when he was in his mid to late fifties.
His adoptive sister explained that when she was first adopted by her parents, she grew to love Norm, who became her older brother, and she was distressed when she was 8 and he around 14, and for some reason he was sent away to foster care. She vowed to rescue him.
The years had rolled on and Norm had had a reasonable life until some recent changes in his circumstances had made life more uncomfortable for him.
His sister’s partner asked one day whether she hadn’t considered having Norm to live with them, and his sister, never dreaming his partner would think of such a thing, jumped at the chance to fulfil her childhood promise to rescue Norm and look after him.
The documentary followed Norm’s daily life and it was wonderful to see what a sweet and loving person he was, and what a wonderful group of people he had surrounding him; his family and a wide circle of friends and members of his community who not only accepted him, but loved him deeply.
Norm not only had Downs Syndrome but also diabetes and I hadn’t realised previously that on top of all of that, people with Downs Syndrome almost all go on to develop Alzheimers and sadly Norm was no exception. And the documentary followed his challenges with this too.
I was only in awe of the lengths his sister went to protect and look after Norm, whatever the next challenge was.
Later this morning I discovered the documentary is also available on YouTube too, so I thought I'd share a link with you, in case you never saw this. like to see it too. It is very moving and inspirational, and also a tribute to what love and care can do for someone.
In tribute to all of you who do so much for the people you love and care for! It must feel sometimes that no one knows how much you do and how hard you work, but be assured that all of us here to know, and do care!
If you'd like to use the link to watch the video please click on the white title at the top of the video and not on the central button, to be sure it will work for you.