I’m not exactly sure why I used the R-Word, but I did.
I even grew up with a Great Aunt who had Down syndrome — someone I loved very much — and yet I used that terrible word like it was no different than "apple" or "pretty".
You'd think I would have known better — that I would have eliminated it from my vocabulary — but I didn’t. For over 34 years. 😔
I used to say it so much, that it still floats around in the back of my mind sometimes, to the point where I have to consciously correct myself from letting it slip. "Retarded”. Just typing it now makes my skin crawl.
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