Prompt 1. If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why
Prompt 2. We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.
I know, I know there's two of them but I promise I will relate to both. I woke up this morning in a rush to post for yesterday because I simply ran out of minutes yesterday. To my surprise today's prompt relates very well to what I was going to post yesterday 🙂
The permanently banned word?? Disabled. I don't necessarily understand why it bothers me so much, and I'm certain there is some deep rooted issue, but I get so flustered by that word. I asked my husband and daughter at breakfast yesterday what word they would ban, and why they thought I would ban mine. My daughter (16 years old mind you) said that it may be the insinuation that I am not as “able” as everyone else. She may have a point there. I don't mind being called handicapped, hell I don't even mind being called crippled, but disabled feels like the leper colony of the English language. A way to separate those who may need to improvise a little, those of us who wish we were just like everyone else, but it just isn't in the cards. Do we really need a word that celebrates our imperfections as seen through the eyes of someone else?
Why don't I write about this often?? Two reasons, one I don't want to be angry, and two I don't want to seem angry. I'm writing a blog about being a happy lady in a state I love full of people and activities I love who just so happens to be “crippled”. I can imagine that no one would want to hear about my disdain for certain parts of our world that fall flat in my opinion.
Make no mistake I am as happy as I seem to be, and I really do love Utah as much as I say. Do I wish I could change the world? Of course I do, and on most days, most people do. If I could ask just one thing, it would be that people start to notice how they use the word disabled. Is it a limp? Slurred speech? The way the person does something that you know you could do easier or better? Remember that if you are watching someone do something you do as well, they are able, just as able as you, they just have to look at it in a different perspective. If they need help doing it, they are lucky to have the help (I know I am) and it doesn't mean they aren't able. Is it possible that I'm not able to do everything I want? Oh yeah, but knowing me they probably aren't things I should be doing anyway.
Now my favorite part, the pictures 🙂
There was just no hiding that swollen jaw 😦
Without the labels you couldn't tell which was which.