Of Olympic importance

Today is a special day, a day to grant honor and compassion to special people, important people — perhaps people you know personally.

Today is a day to “Spread the word to end the word.”

It’s about the son of my friend ~P~, her sweet little boy with the sunny disposition and occasional mischievous grin.

It’s about children and adults all over the world who are often shunned by people who don’t understand them.

The word “ritard” is appropriate as a musical term. It means to slow the tempo.

The word “retard” has always been cruelly used and cruelly meant. I understood that when I was an elementary school student and so did you. I was going to copy some of the phrases I found on the first page of a Google search, but they were so offensive to me that I can’t even put them on my blog.

The sign below was created by Melli for her own blog.  A very good friend of mine keeps these words posted in her classroom as well:

Find out more about this day and how to be a fan of hope, fun, and generosity by going to www.specialolympics.org/spread-the-word-to-end-the-word.

10 responses to “Of Olympic importance

  1. Thank you for the link! I’ll post the words in “Watch your thoughts…” in my classroom.

    • Another teacher-friend has these words posted in her classroom. I would read it every time I stopped in to help her out or just visit.

  2. Amen to that!!!

    Hey! Nice little sign ya got there! 🙂

  3. Thanks for letting me know about this. We should all do this.

  4. Thank you for sharing this!!! i have a very special place in my heart for the special olympics-i have spent many years working with just those special people!

  5. Great post Karen. I have known a few special needs people in my life and they are so great.

  6. So good of you to spread this important message! XO

  7. Make that yet another teacher friend because these words were part of my classroom as well.

  8. I had this conversation just today with my 9th graders. It is not okay.