Luca and Alba, happy and disabled.
Luca narrates Alba’s world. A real world.
Alba is teaching Luca Trapanese to be a father. Luca teaches Alba to be a grown-up. They start using Instagram. Day after day they share their experiences and their progress. They start having followers. Luca and Alba are proof of how it is possible to grow together. Of course, all parents do it. But Luca and Alba’s story is different.
Luca is a single father. Alba is a girl with Down syndrome. Luca started fostering Alba when she was just a month old. This was the start of the extraordinary adventure of a family in the making.
Luca does not hide Alba’s difficulties. She confronts every experience in a transparent and genuine way, without compromise. Alba lives her life with something extra, Luca knows that the extra something will eventually have to face the societal stereotype of it being ‘something less’. Together they have fun, and this is contagious. Pure energy that overcomes barriers.
“But if you had a magic wand, would you cure Alba?” “I slept over it for one night… and then I replied: No, I would not. Alba is not sick. Alba has Down syndrome. Why do we all have this bad habit of necessarily wanting to cure everything. Of wanting to heal, to make perfect. Who can claim the right to determine who or what is normal?”
Luca lives with Alba; they are happy disabled individuals. People. Humans. And he tells the world about it. This is one meaning of the word Family.
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