Monday, 13 May 2013

more clouds than sunbeams?

Collin Brewer.


Going there.


You seem to be pretty unaware of the public outcry after the Disability News Service published that article.  Might that be because of your own health problems?  Perhaps.

You remind me of that poster in school ~ you know, the one that starts 'if children live with criticism, they learn to condemn', and I wonder what your home was like when you were growing up.

The sun is shining through the window now as I type, and I wonder if your childhood contained more clouds than sunbeams.  More wolves than sheep, more foxes than gingerbread men, more wicked stepmothers than Cinderella's.

Mine did.

But I am more than my past.  

In the same way as my son is more than his karyotype.

More than a list of health conditions.

More than a developmental checklist.

He is a child.  
He squeezes balloons.
He hugs his sister.
He enjoys looking at books.
He plays in the garden.
He goes to school.
He pretends to swordfight his brother.
He strokes our dog.  
He takes pride in his appearance.
He splashes in the swimming pool.
He makes a mess in the kitchen.

He is a child.
He loves.
He is loved.
And this is enough.


  1. That's it: it's children he's talking about, they're not just numbers..

    1. I think he must honestly believe that these gorgeous children of ours are less than human ~ I don't see how he could think (let alone say) the things he has said otherwise! Thank you for reading.

  2. You are so so right. This man has had a sad upbringing, devoid of love. Thank you so very much for this indredible addition to the linky darling x

    1. You're entirely welcome Hayley ~ I find it kind of dad that he doesn't see our kids the way we do ~ he is missing out.

  3. I hadn't heard about this guy before...absolutely appalling! Clearly the disabled have no value in his life. Sad that there are people out there, glad though that you don't hear about this very much! Most people in the world I think have moved past his caveman way of thinking!

    1. When you have a child with additional needs you (or at least I!) sort of forget that people like him exist, so it's a shock to hear this thinking, especially in someone elected by the public (albeit by four votes). Thank you for reading and commenting ~ it means a lot to me that you took the time.
      Take care


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