For the Mackeigan family, it was love at first sight after the birth of Jordan Grace; nevertheless, Maria, no doubt drawing upon her natural maternal instincts, worried how best to explain Jordan Grace’s condition to her eldest daughter, Ana Maria, who was six years old at the time of Jordan Grace’s birth. When she tentatively broached the subject, telling Ana Maria that her baby sister was “a bit different,” she was met with a totally unexpected reply: “So what, Mommy?”
The innate sense that Jordan Grace would grow up to be her own person fuelled the family dynamic from that point onwards. To help reaffirm the sibling relationship and to better understand Down syndrome themselves– and share their findings with others–maria began working on a self-published children’s book with her two daughters. Two years in the making, the book is now complete. In A Princess Wish, a princess hopes for a sister, and one day her wish comes true. When the younger sister is born, she has almond-shaped eyes and a crease in her right hand, both common traits of Down syndrome. The book highlights the strong bond that forms between the two sisters and underscores the importance of accepting differences in others.
“I want children to grow up knowing that different is okay, and different is good,” says Maria, who hopes the book will appeal to all
types of families.
A Princess Wish is available on Amazon and Createspace.