Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Today, March 3, 2010 is End The R-word Day.
Sixth grade at Lake Magdalene Elementary School was the first time I met someone who was slow or "r". I had never know anyone who was not normal. Sure there were some mean boys who teased beyond belief, but this new boy was quiet, sweet and polite. I can remember as a child feeling sad for him and uncomfortable. Not because he was different, but because I felt unsure if he would understand when I read to him or helped him as the teacher had asked. That has stayed with me all of these years.
So for as long as I can remember I have felt uncomfortable using this "R" word.
For almost 20 years now, this has been a very difficult word to say or even think. Our younger son Chris is developmentally delayed...no reason, no named disability or condition. So for almost 20 years now the "R" word has even more impact on me as a mother of one of the most amazing, brave,
bighearted people I know...my son.
This past Saturday we took Chris and his friend Jenna to a "Mad-Hatter's Dinner and Dance" sponsored by Special Olympics and The Knights of Columbus. It was such a wonderful afternoon of fun, happiness and great food. A few hours to just forget all of the challenges and have fun. It was just amazing and I can not believe that I forgot my camera!!Hopefully I will have photos to share in the next couple of days.
As we all know words are very powerful. Please take a moment and watch the videos on this link and spread the word:)
Stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves
Stand up for Respect.♥