The Love Chromosome

Julie Tennant (Derrick’s sister, hero and best friend) has Down syndrome which is caused by an extra chromosome. Her Grandfather called it the “Love Chromosome” Grampa was very wise. I think you’ll agree that Julie is quite wise and insightful as well. Julie’s Love Chromosome is something she would like to share. “I wish everybody could have one”, she says. As you get to know Julie, you will see countless ways this love chromosome affects those around her. Allow us to share an example:

Julie and her mom, Barb were at the grocery store together when Julie was 5. A man entered the door wearing a dirty, wrinkled, old trench coat. He was unshaven and disheveled, with hair so greasy that it stuck in clumps. He probably smelled too, but Barb was not going to get close enough to find out. She thought how unnecessary this was as her town had one of the best Rescue Missions in the country. “At least get some clean clothes and TAKE a shower”, she thought.

While checking out Barb took Julie out of the cart. Julie took off like a shot towards the man with both her arms outstretched. He bent down and picked her up as she nestled into his disgustingly dirty neck. Barb panicked and rushed to the man grabbing Julie back and saying (not so nicely) THIS IS MY CHILD!

What happened next has burned itself into Barb’s mind forever. The man looked at her with tears rolling down his filthy cheek. “Lady, he said, I cant tell you the last time somebody wanted to hold me”.

You see, Barb saw a man and she judged him. Julie saw a need, and she hugged it.