Ruby is a runner.If she sees our front door open she will go out it and start running straight down the driveway to the street.The bad thing is now she has learned to open the front door and go out.She can even unlock the lock on the door- knob.We have to keep the deadbolt locked to keep her from getting out.
My 14 yr. old son, Daniel, went out to the car to get something, Ruby,seeing that the door was not locked,opened the door and went out.From my bedroom I hear my 7 year old son,Zane,screaming Ruby's name like I have never heard him scream before.I was terrified and ran to the front door to see my son Daniel carrying Ruby back to the house.Ruby had gotten to our van in the driveway where Daniel was and he caught her.
Poor Zane did not realize that Daniel was outside and thought Ruby was getting out of the house all by herself.I took Ruby from Daniel and brought her back inside.Zane was on the couch crouched in the corner hiding his face and sobbing.He thought Ruby was going to get out in the street and get run over.I sat down next to him on the couch with Ruby in my lap.I told him everything was okay and that Daniel had seen Ruby and caught her.My poor little Zane was so relieved and grabbed Ruby and I and started hugging us.Ruby started patting Zane and saying,"You kay? You kay?"
Ruby has siblings that love her so much.We all love her so much.I can't imagine how anyone could ever think that a child with Down syndrome is a burden. Ruby is our treasure.