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Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Retarded" Grandparents

I have been troubled by the semantics debate. I agree it is important to be respectful, and equally important that words portray accurately what is meant, & most importantly: we all need to recognize that people who taunt others with labels are, themselves, rather intellectually, emotionally, and socially stunted; and we can't legislate against that!

I found this to be a refreshing break: humor that doesn't demean anyone. Below is a tiny chuckle: just click on the title of this post to enjoy the full laugh!

" After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school." One child described his visit with his grandparents:
"My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too." " They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Batemans Bay where everyone lives in nice little houses, and so they don't have to mow the grass anymore!"