If this letter doesn’t upset you…check for a pulse, cuz you have no heart. (click on photo to see the full letter)
Karla Begley lives in Courtice, Ont. but in the summer her son Max, spends his mornings with his grandmother in nearby Newcastle. Max is a fun loving young fella..who suffers from severe autism.
“I was shaking when I was reading it,” Brenda Millson, Max’s grandmother, told CityNews. “It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing.”
This note was sent to Brenda’s address, the envelope hand written and the letter typed out.
Selfish, ignorant & disgusting are some thoughts that come to mind as humanity rears its ugly head.
Then we see the other side of it. Caring, compassion & camaraderie as the other residents of the community have spoken out and rallied around Max and his family.
It’s very rare for me to post passionate words on my site, but at 257a I really needed to share my thoughts.
At age 12 I started volunteering with an organization that worked with students/adults with special needs. I did this for many years. As I’ve gotten older and my career turned into what it has, some of the fondest & strongest memories I have are with the friends I made volunteering. Having been a part of the lives of so many young adults who had (for example) autism or down syndrome has taught me so much. Through the toughest moments they had, a laugh or hug made everything bearable. That’s all it took..some happiness or love. Us ‘normal’ people (as the author of that letter says), complicate life. We complicate it with labels (stereotypes, racism, prejudice). We complicate it with self entitlement. We complicate it with bullying. I’ve made many mistakes, I’m not perfect. I’ve never claimed to be, nor will I ever be perfect. I don’t know anyone who is..do you? I just know when I go to bed at night (or in the morn!) I haven’t crushed anyone’s happiness. No one has the right to make others unhappy. I can also go to bed knowing I’m not an asshole. I hope this lady has many sleepless nights until someone has educated her and she apologizes to Max.