“Chivalry isn’t dead, and Joey is living proof of that. Every year, I have the privilege of photographing the Down Syndrome Association’s annual calendar, and this year, ‘Mr. December’ requested that his girlfriend, Ellie, be included in his photoshoot. Prepare to view some of the cutest photographs you’ve ever seen. As a photographer, I know a lot about different sorts of love. But in my 28 years of existence, I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed such pure love.
I was in awe as I photographed them together. When Ellie expressed her apprehension about walking near the river, Joey promptly reassured her and volunteered to lead her. Ellie was tickling and chasing Joey to cheer him up when he was afraid to smile. ‘Wow,’ I thought to myself as I watched them interact. They’ve already worked everything out.’
They are all I could ever hope to be as an adult as they were as youngsters. They inspired me to be a better version of myself at that hour, choose to see the good, and love more selflessly. What a magnificent world it would be if we all saw the world as purely as Ellie and Joey do.”
Joey’s mother, Holly, revealed that her son and his loving girlfriend, Ellie, were born only six months apart in the same little village.
“Ellie and Joey were both born with Down syndrome. Neither family was informed of the diagnosis in advance. The two families were unfamiliar with each other before their children’s birth. When Ellie was born six months after Joey, mutual friends stressed the importance of keeping in touch. Joey and Ellie, as well as their families, have formed a friendship since our initial meeting. We understand each other’s challenges and victories. We think of each other as family.
Joey and Ellie are the epitomai of unconditional love. They sincerely demonstrate to their family and everyone else that love is the most important thing.
Their difficulties are genuine, and we recognize the ongoing need to teach the world around us about kindness and respect for different individuals. Ellie has two older sisters, whereas Joey has three older sisters. Their sisters are already educating their peers about Down syndrome and how Joey and Ellie are similar. Joey and Ellie have taught their siblings compassion, kindness, and acceptance of others with various abilities in exchange. It is not always simple to teach children this lesson.
I’m not sure when it started, but Joey began referring to Ellie as his girlfriend. He’ll tell us he’s going to marry Ellie weekly. We believe this will be beneficial to all of us!
They hold hands, hug, and look into each other’s eyes when they see each other outside of school. It’s as if they know something about us that we don’t.
Joey guards Ellie with his life. When she comes to visit, he helps her get into her chair at our kitchen table, makes sure she has a snack, and always makes sure I greet her with a hug! Adore is a lovely thing, and it’s so easy for them to love and see the best in one other. They are, as we would say, “specially abled.” They have no qualms about expressing their affection for each other.
‘Because you have to marry your best friend,’ I tell Joey when he wonders why he can’t marry his sisters. ‘Oh, I’m going to marry Ellie then!’ he always says. He considers her to be his number one lady.”
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