I was a young mom in the 80's, working from home for scheduling donation pick ups for a company going by the name of NW Center for the Retarded.View Story ▼ I was a young mom in the 80's, working from home for scheduling donation pick ups for a company going by the name of NW Center for the Retarded although it no longer does. For me growing up, this was a common word. What was not so common was the training for society's children to know what to make of it. We did not know how to talk to or befriend. Later in life, I became a home caregiver and was blessed with working with an adult gal who in my childhood would have been labeled retarded. When my kids were young, I like how a kids music group, TickleToonTyphoon put it, instead of dis-abled in any way, the proper way is to say differently abled. I raised my kids with the mentality to leave no one out and they never did, and that everyone is precious. So what did I find to have in common with a mentally differently able adult? Anything and everthing that you could possibly find to have in common with anyone. I just wish the reteaching of society had come sooner.
About Kaufman, Mona:Mother of 3 adult children. Donate time to an advice column, and used to be a caregiver.View less ▲