Saturday, May 18, 2013

An open letter to Colin Brewer

Dear Mr. Brewer,

I just read an article about you and your feelings about my child. Apparently to you, my 9 year old daughter's life is not one who is worthy in your book. In fact, you equated her to a deformed lamb and said she should be killed by smashing her against a wall. Did I get that right, or did I misunderstand?

Let's see... yes... "Brewer said that perhaps we should be treating disabled children like the runt of a litter of lambs which are often disposed of by smashing them against the wall. 'If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. Bang.'"

So now that the string of ugly words that I really wanted to say are pushed down into my gut, I have decided that you should meet my little lamb. Who you wish to smash against a wall.

This is Kennedy. She just turned 9 years old. Like many other 9 year old girls, she goes to school every day. She whines about doing her homework every day. She loves spelling and gets 100% on her spelling tests every week, but she hates math. She loves to read and hates to clean her room. She adores the color pink and anything that sparkles. And like many other little girls her age, she dreams of one day marrying Justin Bieber. You can often find her sitting with her iPad and headphones listening to music, or dancing around our living room. And when she's not home, you can find her working hard at the dance studio - the place she'd rather be more than anywhere else in the world. When she gets on stage, everyone sees her shine.

When Kennedy grows up, she wants to drive a pink car with no roof, and she wants to work at Claire's or own her own flower shop. No matter what she ends up doing, I know she will work hard and do her very best. She is the most determined kid I know.

Kennedy has a lot of friends (some of them you would consider "deformed lambs" like her) and she lights up the room wherever she goes. She has not ever been a burden on her family or her community. She may have to work twice as hard as her peers to accomplish what they do, but she does so with a smile and she keeps moving forward.

In her nine years she has fought more battles, shown more love, and changed more hearts than most adults ever will, and I have no doubt in my mind that no matter what she decides to do with her life, she will do it well and give it her all.

As Kennedy's mother, I am so thankful that a politician such as yourself has no say in my daughter's life or her future. What a horrid loss it would be to the world to not have Kennedy in it. It makes me so sad for you that you have not had the blessing of knowing and loving a child with a disability. You are missing out on one of the greatest joys in life... the sweetest, purest and yes, sometimes the smallest little lambs.


Monicas Mom Musings said...

Renee, you never cease to amaze me. I don't know that I could have written this so coherently if someone wanted to smash one of my kids against a wall.

Notsopc said...

And then the man gets reelected. No, I firmly believe the world would not be right without the lovely Miss Kennedy!!!!!

e wilson said...

beautifully written...all i could come up with was


but know...that never solves anything.

thank you.

e & molly kate

Lynn said...

Who is this idiot?!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No matter what happens, the Lord is our shield! Praying!
Psalms 5:11-12 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
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KimandFelix said...

Well said Renee. The ignorance of some people astounds me. What a small sad world he lives in.

Anne B. said...

It is so tragic that any human being could actually feel this way. This man needs a lot of prayer. I hope he never has a child, grandchild, nephew, neice or other sweet little lamb born to his family who has to go out with his so called bang. God help him, please!! Thanks, Renee! (((BIG BIG HUGS)))!!!

8606c218-c099-11e2-9152-000bcdcb471e said...

I think God is punishing him, as it appears he has had a series of strokes, so now maybe he will see life from a different point of view. Karma has a way of evening things out. My daughter is 21 this year, and has taught me so much, she is my light and my life.

Kaylee114 said...

Beautifully written. I hope you actually send it to that politician, or at least post it somewhere where he can read it. And, yes, this world is definitely better with your beautiful Kennedy in it. :)