Friday, March 9, 2012

Inner And Outer Limits

Inner and Outer Limits

at first glance
they are dismissed 
different from the norm .. scary
people mumble ‘retard’ under their breath
in a condescending way, assuming inferiority 
their ignorance is palpable
folks with intellectual disabilities
do not live in a vacuum ..
they know an insult when they hear one
inferior? not on your life!
there are lessons to be learned
from those we thoughtlessly label 
for them, inner and outer limits have no meaning


  1. smiles.....nice....and true...have some great friends that many would label disabled and they are beautiful people....

  2. The power of expectation! Congratulations to you and Carl, for the amazing job you did.

  3. And love can move mountains. ♥

  4. Children will live up (or down) to your expectations. Years ago people were so ignorant about developmental disabilities. We still have a way to go.

  5. 'Out of the norm' is what I have always looked for in a friend. WTF is the 'norm' anyway?

  6. Congrats to you and your hubby for raising him so well.

    We have no limits on what we can achieve, if we believe ~

    Thanks for sharing this ~

  7. I spent most of my career working with people with intellectual disabilities. I learned far more from them than they ever learned from me.

  8. Thank you for the wonderful reminder, Helen.

  9. Carl is amazing- and so is his family for not setting limits on his capabilities! Bravo!

  10. People are quick to judge and there's too much ignorance about. You and your husband did well to ignore the pessimists. You and your son have proved them all wrong!

  11. Thank you for sharing this Helen. What an inspirational story about ignoring assumed limits. There are so many different paths through this life.

  12. Carl had an exceptional mum (mom)!