I know I used to use it. I know I am extra sensitive about how harsh it sounds now. I read a lot of comments on facebook that use the word retarded and I cringe. Somehow it hurts me to read it, to hear it. I have heard my kids say it. I read a lot of posts on facebook that use that word in their status updates. Sometimes I want to respond, but I usually don't...until the other day.
A couple of days ago, a teenager that I know used it. He was comparing something that he didn't think was very good to someone who was retarded. I thought and decided to write something. I simply said that the item he was talking about must be amazing and wonderful. He got it.
Very shortly after I left the comment, the post was totally deleted and I had a sweet message in my inbox. He said he was very sorry for insulting me and Davin and that he was glad I had said something and that it helped him to grow. What a sweet boy. He would NEVER have hurt Davin on purpose. Never. I told him that I knew that.
So, maybe that is how we make a difference....one person at a time:-)