I'm sure most of you have heard about President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's use of the "r-word". Yes, I was deeply offended, just as I am if one of my friends or family members use it. Unlike a public figure, I can chew those other folks out, without batting an eye, and I've done so. Writing about why this is offensive proves to be harder than it should be for me. I've never been one to censor myself very well, but writing is different.
I happened upon a blog writer who has done an excellent job of saying what I would like to be able to say. She gave me permission to share her very touching post. Please go
here to read what she says. Any time I've confronted someone about using that word, they've said, "but I don't think of Jack like that!". But that term is used to mean derogatory things, and there's nothing about my son that is derogatory (well, there's that yelling thing but we're working on it!).
To end on a happy note, check out my goofball son in a random photo wearing Hulk Hands: