Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why the "R" word needs to be retired

http://r-word.org








Do you believe in the phrase
Sticks and Stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me?

I hope not.
Have you ever used the word retard?
I am sorry to say that when I was a teen-- and I didn't have a clue-- I did.
I am so very sorry that I ever thought it was funny,or cool.
My only excuse is that I was young and clueless.
I believe learned a lot of things since I was young and clueless--
I pray often that the lessons I believe I have learned show in my everyday life
The "r" word needs to be retired--and removed from conversations.
People, who are my parents' age--say --- what's the big deal?
"Heck, we never had car seats when we were kids, and if a toad was a toad --we called it a toad."
Well, now is the time for change

To quote Oprah, "When we know better, we do better---"
Let us all take this moment, and pledge to stop using the "r" word.
It serves no good purpose.

The foolish are like ripples on the water,For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced;But the righteous are like carvings upon stone,For their smallest act is durable. Horace


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped,Each time a man stands up for an ideal,or acts to improve the lot of others,or strikes out against injustice,he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. Robert F Kennedy


do your part, remove the "r" word from your vocabulary.

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