Soeren Palumbo's R-Word High School Speech
My little Ellie Bear is only 14 months-old and yet I dread the day that she will come home in tears because someone (or people) teased her. I dread the day that she will be called "stupid" or "retard". Right now we attend a playgroup with kids all born in 2009. It is a fabulous playgroup and every member gives me hope. All of these mothers have become my support group and dear friends. They root Ellie on and when she does something such as standing or clapping, they become so excited and shout out to me because Ellie's triumphs are theirs. All of the 2009-ers see her as "just another baby". They climb over each other and grab out for the same toys. The older siblings refer to her as "hey baby" because they do not see her as being different. . .yet. When does that change? When do these 3 yo & 4yo kiddos go from seeing just another baby to someone that is different? Kindergarten? Late elementary school? Or do they learn it from adults? I wish I knew the answer. . .
Just to put everyone into the Holiday spirit:
|Deep conversations with a reindeer|