If you are a fan of the popular Late Late Show by James Corden, you’re probably familiar with the show’s famous Carpool Karaoke segment. Well known personalities, from Adele to Michelle Obama had guested on Carpool Karaoke. But just last week, James Corden, the host himself, has named the best Carpool Karaoke for him.
The renowned host was referring to a specific Carpool Karaoke made by 50 moms with their children with Down Syndrome in honor of the World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. James Corden, along with millions of people all over the globe was moved to tears because of this special edition of Carpool Karaoke. Grab your tissues and watch the tearjerking video yourself to find out why it was the best for the the Carpool Karaoke host: [see video below]
As of now, this wonderful video has reached over three million views on Youtube.
Makaton was being used by the moms and children in the video to send their message. Makaton is a language programme specially designed to help people with learning, speaking, or communication difficulties.
The mothers in the video are members of the Facebook group called “Designer Genes”. These members are mothers of children with Down Syndrome who were born in 2013 to 2014. The moms recorded their videos individually, while one of the fathers in the group, Jamie McCallum, edited the videos and made it into one.
Rebecca Carless, a 35- year old mother who was in the video with her son Archie, said that the group got the idea from the videos created by Singing Hands. Singing hands is a group who teach nursery rhymes using Makaton.
Rebecca said that, “We wanted everyone to see it. The idea is we are just normal mums, we love our kids, they love us, and they are just like other four-year-olds. We wouldn’t change them.”
The artist behind the song “A Thousand Years”, Christina Perri, also loved the video and praised it over Twitter:
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which affects a person’s intellectual disability, and at times, causes delay in the development of cognitive skills. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States alone, around 6,000 babies are born with Down Syndrome every year.
World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated by countless communties to raise awareness about the condition. Some showed their support by releasing balloons and butterflies, and others by wearing loud and mismatched socks.
The releasing of the balloons and butterflies stood for letting go of things that limit children with Down Syndrome, while the mismatched and crazy socks signified that you can still be beautiful and wonderful even when you’re different.
The Wouldn’t Change A Thing video is heart-tugging and heartwarming at the same time, showing the unconditional love between a mother and her child. It shows that children, in their mother’s (or parents’) eyes, are the most beautiful thing in the world — despite any condition, in spite of every flaw. It shows that regardless of the struggles of raising a child with Down Syndrome, these parents would not change a thing.