When you look at her, I don’t want you to see her disability. I don’t want you to see weird. Different. Gross. Not normal. Unusual speech. Slow walking. Weird walking. Stupid. Dumb. Hand flapping. All the things she can’t do.
When you look at her, I want you to see HER.
Her chocolate-brown eyes that always smile
A gorgeous head of thick, brown hair
A girl who…
loves without abandon and doesn’t know how to be mean
loves Disney movies and Spongebob and her family
wants to hang out with friends
plays with her brothers
jumps on her trampoline
sings at the top of her lungs
dances and doesn’t care who’s watching
lights up a room with her smile
makes jokes and is really funny
understands more than you know
has friends and family who love her
When you look at her, I want you to see a girl who…
wasn’t supposed to talk and yet here she is saying “Hi! What’s your name?”
wasn’t supposed to walk very well but is running over to you to say hello
works 100 times harder than anyone I know and doesn’t complain
has been working on her name for 13 years and can finally write it
When you look at her, I want you to see that she is loved. Deeply and by many. She is cared for thoroughly and with pleasure. She is treasured. Revered. Inspiring. Lovely. Funny. Feisty. Smart. Amazing.
When you look at her, just see her.