Here’s a roundup of the most fascinating parenting stories today. Read the story of a father who wrote a letter to his daughter with Down syndrome on her wedding day, a mum who admitted to killing her twins, plus more.
8. Toddler and Baby Gorilla Play a Game of Peek-a-Boo
Isaiah Chute was with his mother, Sherry when he walked up to the enclosure housing Kamoli at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. When the little boy went near the glass, he started banging his chest, which caught the gorilla’s attention. The animal quickly runs behind a tree and played with the boy. Isaiah follows but the gorilla changes direction as he pokes his head around the trunk and the game continues, until they parted ways.
Sherry told The Columbus Dispatch: “He was just looking at the gorillas and we said to him ‘Isaiah what do the gorillas do?’ and he started pounding his chest. It was a really fun interaction, Isaiah is just like that. Anyone who knows him knows thats he’s super playful,” she said.
7. Watch the Hilarious Moment Pensioners Get a Hold of a Smartphone for the First Time and Make a Selfie
A group of pensioners have unknowingly filmed themselves using a smartphone for the first time when they only intended to take a photo of their walk in what seemed like the grounds of a country house.
The video shows two elderly women and a man from Yorkshire bickering as they attempt to take a photo. At one point, the man says, ‘Ooh, you can do a selfie!’ as he presses a button to flip the phone’s camera and sees his face on the screen. One of the women replies: ‘I don’t want a selfie, I want that’, referring to the country house. Then it appeared like they turned the phone around so the buttons are facing away from them, only for the woman, named Barbara, to say: ‘But I can’t see what I’m taking, that’s what I’m saying.’ The hilarious argument finally ended as the pensioners realise they are recording a video instead of taking a picture.
6. Dad Writes Touching Letter to His Daughter with Down Syndrome on Her Wedding Day
A dad has written a heartwarming letter to his daughter who has Down syndrome on her wedding day.
Paul Daugherty, a longtime sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the author of An Uncomplicated Life, has told Buzzfeed News of a memoir he wrote for his 25-year-old daughter, Jillian, on the day she married her boyfriend of 10 years, Ryan Mavriplis. He said he decided to write both his book and the essay for The Mighty, which can be viewed in its Facebook page, to provide hope for other parents with children who have Down syndrome.
In the essay, Mr Daugherty tells how beautiful his daughter looked on her wedding day in June and his wonderful feeling as a parent:
You are upstairs now, making final preparations with your mom and bridesmaids. Your hair is coiled perfectly above your slender neck. Your bejeweled dress “my bling,” you called it attracts every glimmer of late afternoon sunshine pouring through the window. Your makeup that red lipstick! somehow improves upon a beauty that has grown since the day you were born. Your smile is blooming and everlasting.
I am outside, beneath the window, staring up. We live for moments such as these, when hopes and dreams intersect at a sweet spot in time. When everything we’ve always imagined arrives and assumes a perfect clarity. Bliss is possible. I know this now, standing beneath that window.
He also wrote about how she defeated all odds and that one day, she will fulfill her dreams and his dreams for her to get married.
Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do, Jills? You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now”¦ look at you.
You’re the nicest person I know. Someone who is able to live a life of empathy and sympathy, and without agendas or guile, is someone we all want to know. It worked out for you, because of the person you are.
He ends the letter by recalling how she met her now husband and that he is sure that she will be successful in every challenge she will ever face.
A decade ago, when a young man walked to our door wearing a suit and bearing a corsage made of cymbidium orchids said, “I’m here to take your daughter to the Homecoming, sir,” every fear I ever had about your life being incomplete vanished.
Now, you and Ryan are taking a different walk together. It’s a new challenge, but it’s no more daunting for you than anyone else. Given who you are, it might be less so. Happiness comes easily to you. As does your ability to make happiness for others.
The essay received almost 3,000 shares, with comments from parents of children and adults with Down syndrome saying that the essay gave them hope.
5. Dad Cradles Dying Son in His Arms After Motorcycle Crash
A father was seen cradling his son in his arms after a motorcycle crash.
Joshua Michael Young, who is in his 20s and is a professional artist and competitive motorcycle rider and race car driver, was on a regular Sunday afternoon ride with his father, who was behind him on the winding road on Sydney’s outskirts. At about 2.45pm on Barkers Lodge Road in Picton, Mr Young’s motorcycle crashed into an oncoming Mazda sedan. Fairfax Media understands Mr Young took a corner too fast and clipped the oncoming Mazda. The male driver of the Mazda sedan that collided with Mr Young was not injured.
Craig Sheahan, who was also out for a motorcycle ride, stopped to help when he saw the father and his son by the road. Emergency services were immediately called but things didn’t look good as they waited for the ambulance. “The rider was lying on the road and in a bad way. His father was there cradling his son. Things got worse, the rider was in need of CPR, I commenced, it seemed like an eternity till the ambulance arrived,” Mr Sheahan said.
Mr Young was also a photographer, traveller and artist who sold his work under the name Losu. He posted regularly in the Sydney Ducatista club for Ducati enthusiasts and enjoyed frequent weekend rides with his father.