My friend Robert (be yourself)


This is my second blog in a series titled “My Friend Robert”. Today’s blog is about Amanda who, like Robert, was born with a developmental disability. Amanda will always wear society’s “different” label.

I like Amanda. She is  straight forward and “no-nonsense.”  She represents the  21st century woman honorably.  If you are doing something that bothers Amanda, she will be honest with you and tell you. Wouldn’t you like to know if you had an annoying habit? I would. Amanda will help you out. Wearing the most offensive outfit of the century? Amanda will say “Joyce that outfit is hideous. Change that right now!”  Many of us feign delight and change the subject. “Joyce is that a new hair style?”

Amanda also is the first to give praise. “I’m so glad you came today” she joyfully remarks.  She walks in a room and the gray turns to yellow. Amanda and  Robert are the bright spots in everyone’s day. Why? They are honest, sincere, and very thoughtful.

People, in general, have blocked part of who they are. Why?- Because they are trying to fit in to society. We aren’t completely honest with ourselves. We struggle to let go of our inhibitions. We rarely run around joyfully, laughing, and proclaiming that life is great. After all “what would people think?” Robert and Amanda have dealt with “what people think” their whole lives and have risen above it.

I applaud those who look at life honestly and directly. They live with their label. They could whine but they persevere.

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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