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Comment: Dear Friend,

Below please find a copy of the lyrics to A LINE ACROSS HIS HAND a song about
Down syndrome. I am sending this to you because you were either listed on a Health Provider/Down syndrome web site, bulletin board or are listed as a service provider. I wrote these words down a year and a half ago after I heard them in a dream. In the dream it was a country song sung by a man with a deep, emotional voice. When I woke from the dream I immediately wrote down what I remembered. It took me a pain staking month to fill in the blanks. It is my hope that someday the lyrics will land in the hands of the person who is meant to write the music. Currently several musicians are working on music to fit these lyrics, if you know of anyone who would also like to try please forward them this letter.
I am a Special Education teacher who has had the privilege of working with and loving many children with Down syndrome. I do not have a child of my own with Down syndrome. It is my hope that this song will help people understand that all children lives should be celebrated.
I apologize in advance if you receive several copies of this letter from me. I have sent out many emails in the last few weeks and I cannot record which email addresses have been sent before. I do ask that if you are moved by these words that you forward them to friends and family, print copies and request that they be included in newsletters from schools and Down syndrome service organizations. I only request that you include thecopyright and my email address. Thank you.
Peace,
Deb Sardone

A LINE ACROSS HIS HAND by Deborah L. Sardone
Copyright 2000
ALINEACROSS@AOL.com
In memory of Rene and Rita Marcott

The day my son was born the sun shone in the sky
My life would change forever and here’s the reason why
You see my son is different, things did not go as we planned
For my son was born with a line across his hand

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
Things did not go as we planned
Because of the line across his hand.

They said that he would be slow too learn and never read or write.
But when he took his first steps it was a special night.
They said he’d never be a man and always be a burden
But he’d show them wrong, it was the one thing I was certain

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
When his hand’s held in mine
I can’t see that line across his hand

Oh how very hard it was to learn to tie his shoe
There were days we thought it was something he’d never ever do
But then one day he made the bow up right and neat
Oh, his life ain’t always easy but his victories are sweet

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
That shoe lace didn’t care
there was a line across his hand

I always dreamed we’d play with a baseball and a bat
but in our life together we jog the High School track.
There are many things that he can do and things that he can not.
He’s much more than the sum total of the syndrome that he’s got.

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
Don’t judge who he is by
that line across his hand.

If I had the power to change his life I’m not sure what I’d do
But his life has been a blessing ‘tho I’ve shed a tear or two
I love my son more then I believed all those years ago
I guess in this life we do reap what we do sow

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
Doesn’t change the love you feel in side
that line across his hand

Now my son is grown and holds a job and has a lady friend
He is proud and kind this message I will send

A line across his hand
A line across his hand
They were wrong, I know that now
this boy of mine’s a man

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In case it wasn't clear, the palms of children with Down Syndrom typically have a crease that goes from one side to the other, right below the finger ends of the metacarpals (www.scoi.com/handanat.htm).

Strangely, I first learned about this from a non-disabled friend who has the exact same crease across his palms. It's a little creepy.

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My brother has the same thing - the "line of head" and "line of heart" run, as one, straight across the palm, then meet up with the lifeline. You could draw the 3 major lines on his hand without lifting the pen. (As far as mental ability, I should mention that he once had a government job as a "policy analyst" for the NDP. Make of that what you will.)

As glurge, this one's fairly low on the annoyance scale, IMO.

Why yes, I did once have an interest in palmistry, why did you ask?

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I don't know; I feel worse about being cynical about this just because it is credited to somebody who's obviously sincere and whose heart is probably in more-or-less the right place.

Shame, because if it was anonymous then

quote:
There are many things that he can do and things that he can not.
He’s much more than the sum total of the syndrome that he’s got.

might qualify for rhyming couplet of the year.

Good luck to her with finding somebody to write appropriate music!

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
I don't know; I feel worse about being cynical about this just because it is credited to somebody who's obviously sincere and whose heart is probably in more-or-less the right place...

No, no! We can't fall into that trap! We can't drop our guard! It has all the criteria for glurge and so it is! Rhyming "always be a burden" and "the one thing I was certain"? Sheer glurgerific genius!

Midway "even tho he has Downs syndrome, he took a plane by himself to Stockholm" Bill

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Not particularly relevant, but Hugo Pratt, in his (elegant!) "Corto Maltese" series of stories, described his protagonist as having carved a false "line of luck" in his palm.

Does anyone still believe that heredity is destiny?

Silas (I've got a shattered life-line in my left palm: so?) Sparkhammer

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
I don't know; I feel worse about being cynical about this just because it is credited to somebody who's obviously sincere and whose heart is probably in more-or-less the right place.

I have no such qualms. Parents of special-needs children often come across professionals who sentimentalise our children's condition and minimise its difficulties: in doing so, they make us feel guilty for being such bad parents that we don't regard our children as unadulterated blessings.

But of course we don't ever say this to such professionals: they can afford such attitudes, because they give our children back to us at the end of the school day. We'd rather they did regard our children as angels, because we're all terrified of the professional who'll lose patience and abuse our children. So we just clock up an extra little bit of guilt and feel grateful for a teacher who cares.

Kate "pain staking - hmmm" S

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quote:
Originally posted by Kate:
Parents of special-needs children often come across professionals who sentimentalise our children's condition and minimise its difficulties: in doing so, they make us feel guilty for being such bad parents that we don't regard our children as unadulterated blessings.

Oh, but Kate, what could you possibly know? You only live with the problem
every day. You're an amateur, these are trained professionals. [Razz] Of course,
for some of these "professionals", their training consisted of a bare minimum of superficial
college survey classes.

I have very little respect for someone who claims to be a teacher and who cannot
spell "painstaking", or even "too", fergoshsakes. If I encountered such a teacher in
my local school system, I'd ask her principal to send her through remedial educaition.

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At the risk of being damned as a glurgemeister, I will present Phil Coulter's Scorn Not His Simplicity. It's a beautiful song, which Sinead O'Conner put on her Univeral Mother album.

By the way, the above glurge sucks. Coulter shows how to write a song.

Pogue "and Sinead shows how to sing one" Mahone

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Well, it is sincere, but so is that dreadful "little girl" song. Sincerity doesn't make a set of lyrics better.

Sister "otherwise, there wouldn't be so many sucky songs" Ray

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I came into the world, just three months too soon.
Lost my eyesight, can't tell midnight from noon!

I was so small, my body not developed to full size;
My kidneys, bladder, and also blind in both eyes.

I lived for years with my family and went to school.
I had lots of problems, so I went to the blind school.

There I learned I had abundance of talent at hand.
Then for years, I wasted it on Satan. I was his man.

For thirty years, they said, I was a handicapped man.
I accepted my problems and worried with them as a man.

I know I caused much anguish for my family and mankind.
I struggled to cope, being handicapped to find.

But many other thoughts, ideas, and words came to mind.
Then I met a man, so gentle and loving so.

He said, "You need to meet this friend, Jesus, to know!"
Well, He told me of Him, and my heart nearly burst.

He said, "Accept Jesus, and in Him only trust!"
He said, I wouldn't be handicapped then as a man.

Jesus, would then make me over again, His man!
This I did and believe me, He brought joy to my soul and more.

Now, I Praise Him and thank Him for evening the score!
You see, I'M NOT, NO NOT, HANDICAPPED ANY MORE!!!!

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Well it definitely sounds like it would have to be a country song, if it has to be any kind of song. But I honestly can say that even if I heard it nine times I would never understand that it was about Down Syndrome specifically.

I'm also pissed off because I never dream entire lyrics like that, and my Department Chair is on my back because I haven't published enough this year. Where are the dream gnomes? Where?

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quote:
Originally posted by Sister Ray:
Well, it is sincere, but so is that dreadful "little girl" song. Sincerity doesn't make a set of lyrics better.

This is true... since people keep mentioning it, I should point out that I was slightly drunk when I wrote the post about feeling guilty because she was sincere; and even in a drunken "sentimental" state I still found it hard to actually feel that way!

And when I said "good luck to her in finding the appropriate music" I was being drily humorous... I was trying to think of a witty suggestion as to the sort of music that would be appropriate, but couldn't come up with anything. (Experimental jazz, perhaps?)

Wouldn't like anybody to think I was going soft...

Richard "Tough on Glurge, Tough on the Causes of Glurge" W

(edit) PS - snopes, did you write that? I like it...

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quote:
I wrote these words down a year and a half ago after I heard them in a dream.
Where's the man from Porlock when you need him ?
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I have the "Down Syndrome" crease on my right hand and halfway across the left, and my even more normal brother also has some variation on this. It disturbs me to see this trait taken as a sign of someone's having Down Syndrome, since, as has been pointed out, there are at least a few non-disabled people with the same thing. I've also heard them referred to as "simian creases"; does anyone know if they're common in primates? I'm also interested in the significance of this kind of thing in palm-reading lore; in high school, I wrote a humorous little essay speculating on possible responses a palm reader might have to my creases, but I have no idea what they might really be, assuming palm readers even follow some kind of protocol and don't just say "long life, good luck, etc."

I'm also a big fan of what many might refer to as "experimental jazz"; make of that what one will!

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W (hite Stilton).:

And when I said "good luck to her in finding the appropriate music" I was being drily humorous... I was trying to think of a witty suggestion as to the sort of music that would be appropriate, but couldn't come up with anything. (Experimental jazz, perhaps?)

Okay, this made me YOMANK, if only for the image of Ornette Coleman or someone like that trying to set this song to music.

Sister "guess you have to be a jazz fan" Ray

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As a parent of a teenager that has Down syndrome (yes, she has the Simian Crease) I do wish teachers, song writers, poets, glurge writers would quit this crap! They love to bring out the common characteristics of a syndrome and not see, teach, or understand that persons' strengths and individuality.

This song has been circulated a few times on the email list-servs that I belong to and I cringed each time I saw it.

Cindy...(and no, I'm not special either cause I have a child with DS)...9119

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quote:
Originally posted by Cindy9119:
and no, I'm not special either cause I have a child with DS

Yes, you are! [Big Grin] (Well, you're special no matter what, neighbor!)
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