Today, Warriors, I'm taking a break from my American Adventures to introduce you to someone very, very important. There are many reasons why Miss Beth Ann Greig is a person of great importance and significance to me but here are the current top 3:
1) she's my cousin
2) as you can see she turns 14 today
3) you're going to be seeing a lot more of this gorgeous gal in the future! (I'll explain in greater detail further on)
You may or may not be able to tell from the photo that Beth has Down Syndrome. I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday, August 6th, 2000. I was nannying in the South of France, anxiously awaiting the news of her arrival. She was, after all, to be the first baby born amongst us five cousins - me, my brother Barry and my cousins Linsey, Karen and Garry. It was Karen who was ready to pop with her first sproglet and the whole family was on tenterhooks.
It was a Sunday and I had just gotten out of the pool when the phone rang. I ran at breakneck speed towards the sound of the phone, slipping and sliding on the tile flooring, leaving chlorinated puddles in my wake. I would deal with those later. I grabbed the receiver and was greeted on the other end by my Auntie Joyce. She was crying. I can't explain why but even before she uttered another word I knew exactly what she was about to tell me: "We have a very special baby", she said through her tears. I wasn't shocked. I wasn't sad and once again, I cannot explain why but I wasn't even surprised. I know that I was merely a cousin, a family member on the peripheral and that the news I had just received would have been a terrible blow to Karen and Ian but I just had such a strong feeling that everything would be alright and that this little bundle would be able to hold her very own and then some.
And the intervening years have proved me right. Beth Ann Greig is a veritable force of nature who loves all and is loved by all. She is the ultimate social butterfly and could charm the very birds out of the trees - believe me, I've seen her do it time and time again. She is also:
In a nutshell she is
Oh! And did I mention she's smart? Smart and creative and a budding blogger?? She told me that herself which got me thinking that she would make an excellent guest blogger here on Planet Warrior. So I asked her and she has accepted so....IT'S OFFICIAL! Miss Beth Ann Greig, social butterfly extraordinaire will be having her own monthly blog slot where she will regale us all with tales of her adventures! According to Dad, Ian, writing is already underway so expect to get up close and personal with Beth in the very near future. I just know that you will all love her as much as we do.
Happy 14th birthday Beth from me, Auntie Ceri and all of our Warriors of the World.