Jocelyn Sykes, Daughter of BHS Alum and Granddaughter of Bridgeport Residents, Named Ambassador for Nothing Down
By Chris Johnson on March 02, 2020
child's future changes. You begin the journey
of acceptance. You have to adjust to your new "normal". The word "normal" starts to get on your nerves a bit.
walked right past without even noticing them.
"special needs" or "mentally handicapped". The word "retarded" makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Even though you try not to let it bother you. Even though you used the word yourself before the change. Even though people have labeled you "too sensitive" about it. You can't help it.
Your own closed mindedness comes to light. You don't want to stay that way. You soften.
Some don't. They distance themselves. Maybe they don't know what to say. Maybe they just can't handle it all. Whatever the reason, they are no longer around. You make new friends. Friends who get it. Friends who become like family. Friends who become your lifeline.
beauty in places I would have never bothered to look before the change. I avoid words like "tolerance" and embrace words like "acceptance". I am committed to judge less and forgive more.