Look at my handsome boy! When you use the words "Retard" or "Retarded" as a means of describing someone, something or even yourself as stupid or ridiculous, please think about John Michael. It is hurtful to me, Doug, Nic, Anna, Greta and someday, Luke, too. It's not a nice word and one day John Michael will understand what you are saying and his heart will be broken. I'll do my best to lift up his spirits as best as I can, but my heart, too, will be broken. The word is offensive and it isn't fair for John Michael or his many special friends to grow up in a world where it's okay to make fun of someone (even if not intentionally) because of their differences.
If you use the word, please stop. I won't judge you if you say it... but don't be surprised if I gently remind you...
John Michael is counting on you to make a difference and so am I ♥
I've been married for 20 years to my wonderful husband, Doug. I'm a Catholic SAHM to 5 children. Our 4th child, John Michael, was born in November 2007, and has opened us up to the amazing world of Down syndrome. We are grateful to God for the blessings He's given us and the journey He's put us on. When I'm not spending time with my family, I sing with RSVP, an amazing vocal group, educate on Down syndrome, have my own health and wellness business, and blog about our life.