That word is hateful, is awful and does NOT describe my daughter at all. I’d really like for you to stop using it to mean “stupid, idiotic, dumb, annoying” or whatever other derogatory word you use it for. Because my daughter is none of those things. There is nothing wrong with her. There’s something wrong with you for using that word. I used to use it when I was in high school and didn’t know better. As soon as someone pointed it out to me how hurtful it was to use it, I stopped. You should too. It makes you sounds mean and stupid.
You may think it’s just a word. But it’s not. I had my world completely crushed on February 24, 2001 when the doctor told me that my daughter had mental retardation. Can you imagine what it’s like to sit in a room with your newborn baby girl that you think is perfect and have a doctor tell you that? It’s the worst day of your life. And then to hear people sling that word around over and over and over again to stand for mean and derogatory things? It’s like the knife keeps stabbing you over and over again.
Please stop. Say stupid. Say dumb. Say idiotic. Say annoying. But don’t say that word. Ever.
***Thank you to Holly for letting me borrow this powerful picture idea.***