The word no one likes, the word no mother or father wants to hear when a doctor is talking about their child. The word most people use when talking about something they dislike, or when referring to someone they see as less of a person. The word children are allowed to use in their daily vocabulary when talking about someone or even something they don't like. No one likes this word, no one wants to be called retarded. People hate the word retarded.
Here is the definition of the word.
"Mental retardation is a generalized, or triarchic, disorder, characterized by subaverage cognitive functioning and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors with onset before the age of 18. Once focused almost entirely on cognition, the definition now includes both a component relating to mental functioning and one relating to the individual's functional skills in their environment."
So many people use the word retarded as slang.
To some of us it is personal, to some of us it is our children, our precious babies whom we love as much as any mother loves her precious child.
For some of us retarded is a word that involves our every day lives.
There isn't a joke involved, and there is no hate.
For some of us retarded brings us more love that we wouldn't have had the privilege of knowing otherwise.
This horrifying word to most people has made some of us stronger, better, and given us deeper lives. We all remember the first time the doctor used that word when talking about our child, maybe it was straight from their mouth, or in a medical report. We remember the day, the moment, but that child is the same child we fell in love with in our womb.
The word retarded hasnt changed our love, in fact its made it bigger, and made us better.
Next time you want to use or hear someone use the word retarded in a derogatory way, remember those of us who have been forever changed, and be changed too.
Remember those perfectly different people who see the world through the eyes of precious innocence.
Thanks, being changed daily......Jessica Pruitt