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  • Iliana
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    She is special, in the most wonderful sense of the word. She is special because she can be so happy when she’s in constant pain. She is special because she’s done a dozen things that professionals said she never would, not least of which is surviving her first few months. And she’s special because EVERYONE is special.

    But in terms of “special” being a euphemism for “defective” or “delayed”, I know what you mean. I was very quiet when I was little because I was shy, but put me in a room with someone I knew and trusted, and I didn’t stop talking!

  • Cr Eiche
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    Namine has made such great strides in speaking and making herself understood with sign too. I know she can get through whatever challenges present themselves. Still I can appreciate the apprehension about a surgery to partially close her airway.

  • Barbara
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    No, I don’t know if I did but if I ever did refer to Namine in a way that offends you, I sincerely apologize. My interpretation of ‘special’ for the crowds I live- and travel-in is a generic ‘different’ without regard to area of difference. As opposed to the ar-word which is absolutely interpreted as cognitive impairment. If a rejection of ‘special’ goes viral I may have to start making-up my own words.

    Namine’s chatterbox-at-home silent-in-public personality is entirely believable to me and is a close description of one of our children.

  • Paul
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    No, Barbara, not you. The people in question do not generally deal with disabled people at all, and have lumped Namine in with all those others whom they do not understand. Nor, I think, do they have any desire to, which is to their own misfortune.

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