Last year my sister told me that I had to stop using the R-word..."Retard"/"Retarded".
She told me that I had to take a pledge not to use that word anymore, because it is derogatory to people living with special needs.
Hmmm, good point sister...
I said okay, and she directed me to the Special Olympics website, where they have an online pledge for people to sign up and commit to not using the r-word anymore.
I signed up, pledging that I would stop using the r-word in my everyday conversations.
Initially I found it very difficult to refrain from dropping r-bombs. -- I never realized that the r-word was a staple in my vocabulary, and that I dropped it about a thousand times a day! It took me quite awhile to come up with new ways to express myself.
Anyways, now I am a changed woman.
There have been a couple of times that I have slipped, and the r-word has come out of my mouth, but for the most part I am doing pretty good...
Anyone else interested in taking the r-word pledge?!