Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Retard ..... Did I get your attention?

Retard.Hate even writing that word.In fact,come to think of it,I hate everything about that word.Always have.Even before Zoey.What I do love however,is this really amazing video and it's message of acceptance.Yes,it is 10 minutes long but I think it's well worth the time.If you have never watched this before, I ask you,on behalf of my little love,to please consider taking the time now.And if you do,please remember to pause the blog music first.More importantly,if you do choose to watch it, please remember,before you consider using the the "R" word or find yourself condoning the use of it by others around you,remember Soeren's words.They are truly powerful.

12 comments:

Tina said...

wow...wow I need a minute, that was powerful, profound, intense and extremely touching, had tears in my eyes, definately well worth many 10 minutes of my life. Just brought home the ugly truth of this world - discrimination, something I am sure we all worry about for our children. And the fight for acceptance, which will be the ultimate goal. More people need to see this, people who have not been blessed by having someone with special needs in their life. Thanks for sharing :)

stephanie said...

You sure did get my attention! I love this kid, what a hero!

Mo said...

Loved this!

Lacey said...

Wow, I've never seen this video before. Its so true about how they are working among us instead of being institutionalized like in the past. But we still have so far to go in teaching people.92% is way to high of a number of people aborting DS pregnancies.

Angie said...

www.r-word.org
Very Powerful! Thanks for sharing!

Tish said...

This boy, Soeren, is a true hero. What a profound message he is sharing with our world. God is smiling down on him, no doubt. Thank you for sharing it, Heather.

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is to love and be loved in return." ~Natalie Cole

therextras said...

You might also like this:
http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/lifes-most-important-lessons-arent-learned-in-the-classroom/

Jeana said...

That was great. If you get a chance I would appreciate a post on what to say to those around us who use this word and how to say it from a place of love so that it will help them understand.

kristynewb said...

Wow! I wish that could be made mandatory for every U.S. citizen to watch! It's unbelievable how loosely people throw that word around. I can't tell you the countless times that people have thrown it out when having a conversation with me. Usually it goes something like, "that is so retarded". The sad thing is that these aren't mean, cruel people. I can never understand how, otherwise nice, people can be so clueless and wreckless with their words, especially when my children are right beside them. They don't even slow down to see my look of shock and hurt. And it really hurts to the core! I've been pondering how to confront this when it happens without my own words becoming wreckless, as it has been happening quite frequently lately. This kid definitely gave me some material! Thanks for that! I feel empowered!

Also, thanks for the tip on the Sure Steps. I found them on a google search because I wanted an alternative to the type Chloe had. They just weren't very flexible and she kind of stomped when she walked because of it. I didn't know of anyone that has personally used the Sure Steps so it was good to hear that from you. I appreciate you taking time to share that! :)

Zoe is as always a ray of sunshine in her latest pics! She's brightened my night up. :) And I LOVE that she still has her hair! What a little miracle she is in every way! I liked the video of her a few days ago rolling and sitting up. She does it so fast and effortlessly! If I tried that I wouldn't be able to get back up! lol! It does my heart so much good to see her thriving! She is simply amazing, a little warrior princess!

Also, we are forever grateful to you for helping us bring Dasha home! You cannot even imagine how much that meant to us! It especially touched my heart coming from your family because you were/are facing your own obstacles and yet you reached out to us when we needed help. Not a day goes by that I don't look at Dasha and realize what a miracle it is that she is here. Thank you so much for helping to make that happen!!

ds.mama said...

I am so proud of him and I don't even know him personally!

Lacey said...

I tagged you on my blog. Go see. He He

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