In an effort to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21, 50 mums recorded a video showcasing their lip-syncing talents. But it wasn’t just these amazing mothers showing off their skills. They were joined by their children, all of whom have Down syndrome, along with their siblings, and if you weren’t already feeling all kinds of emotion, you will be. You might not even make it to the lip-syncing portion of the video. The opening message alone is a doozy: “Introducing 50 ordinary mums and 50 ordinary four-year-olds with just one tiny connection: One extra chromosome.”
Could they have picked a better song? Christina Perri‘s “A Thousand Years” is already packed with emotion but combined with these awesome families as they lip-sync and sign along, it hits the feels that much more.
What makes it even better is that it’s not perfect. Some of the moms require the lyrics, while others are trying not to tear up. And as far as the children go, a few of them are into it but most are distracted by the filming, some are busy laughing at their mothers, while others couldn’t care less. Hey, at least they’re not embarrassed by their moms’ performances. But they’re only four. Give them time.
The video features mothers who are part of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, whose members have a child with Down syndrome born in 2013 and 2014. They wanted to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing.” You’re crying, I’m crying, we’re all crying.