I have this thing called an opinion, and I decided I wanted to share it with you all tonight.
I've been thinking a lot lately about working with kids. Considering I have to find 300 dollars to pay for getting out of a contract on a now stolen phone, I needed to consider many different alleys of income that wouldn't effect the monthly household income that keeps food on our plates and a roof over our heads. And in this time I've thought about working with kids, I've also considered the possibility of working with "mentally challenged" children, as society has chosen to refer to them. I like to call them "kids", or even "people" but that's just my personal preference.
And one thing that's crossed my mind is how people refer to working with these "kids", or "people". They don't think their words will have an effect when they say that "dealing" with "mentally challenged" children can be "difficult". Let's take out the bridge words here and see what we have: Dealing mentally challenging difficulties. Do you see what I'm getting at? People do not consider that when a doctor tells your child they are plagued by "mental retardation", or "mental disorders", or "learning disabilities" that child may then begin to wonder why god made them "stupid". Many people think that someone who is "mentally challenged" won't understand the connection between the words "you have a learning disability" and "Johnny's a retard". And then these people go on to preach every day about how kids these days never think before they speak, or take a moment to consider how their "opinions" and "thoughts" may hurt someone in the future. Huh. I wonder why that is.
So instead of talking about our "mentally challenged" kids like they're "difficult", or need to be "dealt with", let's talk about our children like they're puzzles. Because everyone is a puzzle. And you can tell me I'm wrong, but think about it. No two puzzles come out of the box exactly alike. Some have been bent, or curved, some have been ripped or scarred in places by mistake where others haven't. Some have been handled too roughly. Some have been left in a corner to collect dust. Some are 5 pieces, or 10 pieces, or 100 hundred pieces and some are even 1000 pieces. And some of us, the "mentally challenged" kids, are jig-saw puzzles. We're not more "difficult" to put together. I don't think it's shameful to be a jig-saw puzzle, I dawn this trait with pride. Because I am the one that makes you open your mind. I am the one that makes you re-think how you see "normal childhood behaviors". I am the one who morphs the way you work with your own child. I am the one who simply proves that no brain is exactly like the next, or the one before. We're all different, we're all puzzles. Some of us just need a more open mind
So here's to all my puzzles, jig-saw and non-jig-saw alike. Let's remind ourselves why it really matters to think before we speak; to set a good example for future generations, or to set a good example for our own generation?