I've tried three times to start this post. The first time I even typed out something that was a few paragraphs long, then I deleted it. Ironically, I'm trying to write about how I'm not a writer.
This blog was started to fill friends and family in on my pregnancy, then to share pictures of Maya, then to also share medical stuff as it unfolded, and then I added some of my thoughts to it. The things you read here sound like my thoughts . . . I'm informal, I don't follow grammar rules (due to a combination of simple ignorance and willful ignoring), and I have a tendency to-do-this-thing-with-the-dashes when I don't know how to make a rambly thought not turn into a run-on sentence that leaves a reader lost in the middle, thinking "huh?".
I'm unpolished. And often I look back on posts and think "Argh! Why didn't I use a different adjective there? Or add in a few sentences about xyz?"
Every so often I come across a blog post that inspires me with it's ability to get things out in a simple, clear, vivid and compelling way. And so it was when a friend (Thanks, Kris!) sent this my way last week.
This post, along the lines of "spread the word to end the word", is fantastic. (It also makes my humble post on STWTETW day look, well, mightily inferior, but que sera sera.)
Please take the time to read it. The author puts into (beautifully crafted) words the exact sentiments that I, and many others, feel.
If you have a family member with special needs (or work with people with special needs) and hate the word "retarded", this post will have you nodding and saying "Yes! That is how I feel. Thank you for putting it in better words that I can."
If you're of the I-hear-what-you're-saying-and-I'm-sorry-it-hurts-you-but-really-it's-just-a-word mindset, I really and truly believe that this post will give you a type of insight and perspective that will be eye opening.
(Just in case you can't see the hyperlink on your screen, here's the direct link to the post, on Robert Rummel-Hudson's blog, Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords: http://www.schuylersmonsterblog.com/2011/05/just-word.html)