Trig Palin: “Like the rest … in every way that matters.”

My friend Suzanne sent me this article about the VP-nominee’s infant son, from Michael Gerson of the Washington Post. It is a powerful reminder of how far these extraordinary kids have come, as a group, in the last 100 years … and how far they still have to go.

I ran into Suzanne at Curves the other day, and she told me that her daughter Anna (who has other, non-chromosomal challenges), who attends a regular high school, has been the basketball manager for the school team. “It’s been amazing to see how well the other girls interact with Anna,” Suzanne said to me. “The funny thing was, when I mentioned how well a particular girl got along with my daughter to other moms, their response was often something along the lines of, ‘Oh, you gotta watch that one. She’s pretty wild.’ Time after time after time.

“But they were great with Anna. I guess these girls related to her in some way — maybe it was because they sometimes felt like outsiders, too.”