Monday, November 12, 2007

Belonging


children nowadays
who may have special needs
find more acceptance

I attended a special event last Fall at a local elementary school in honoring the opening of the Buddy Garden, which is a place children with special needs can participate in gardening at the school. I was amazed at how accepted and integrated these children where into the community. When I was growing up, you rarely saw children like this, they were kept behind closed doors. I'm happy this is changing. This is in gracious response to One Deep Breath. This week's topic is Belonging.

22 comments:

Mandy said...

The son of a friend has Downs and his social life is the envy of others.

spacedlaw said...

Wonderful thing!
Hiding those children was never a good idea. They are so sunny!

Rae Trigg said...

How wonderful that children with special needs are becoming more accepted. That garden sounds like a lovely idea.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It is a great change, you're right!

susanlavonne said...

what a touching response! thank you :-)

Jo said...

This is so true and so right!

Janice Thomson said...

I used to be a MDN (Mental Deficiency Nurse) that attended kids with special needs. Most except for the bedridden ones were integrated into the schools and communities and that title is no longer in use. Nearly all the institutions are closed and I too was so amazed at how well they were accepted and cared for by the community. That's the way it should be.

tumblewords said...

What a lovely post! Totally inspiring!

paisley said...

and for that i am proud of us.....

Kalyan said...

a beautifully captured & composed shot...This is a lovely idea & the response is also very inspiring for these children!

jem said...

A valid interpretation of the prompt. I cant wait for the day when everyone and everything can enjoy a true sense of belonging in their world.

Lizard Princess said...

Both my husband and I work with people with special needs (he at the high school level and me in a group home) so this is a subject very dear to out hearts.
It's fascinating and sad to listen to some of my residents talk about the old days when they had to share a massive room with 50-100 other people and didn't get the kind of care they receive today. One of the ladies will talk endlessly about how very thankful she is just to have her OWN ROOM. She remembers too clearly the mistakes of our collective past.

qualcosa di bello said...

your haiku is *exactly* as it should be!! :)

polona said...

i'm glad things are changing.
well done!

Glad said...

This poem is so much YES!!! Thank you! And true for adults as well!

Clare said...

AWESOME!! This is fantastic and speaks of hope and joy for ALL children. And the Buddy Garden sounds so beautiful.
:)

get zapped said...

I am so grateful for the generosity of One deep Breath and those connected. This prompt allowed many of us to share our hope and joy for belonging. I enjoyed each story you shared.

Peace~

Patois said...

That is beautiful. What a wonderful change for these kids.

Secret Agent Mama said...

It's wonderful to know this!

Ginger*:)* said...

How wonderful. Each time I see children with special needs participating with their age group I am touched by the warmth that travels between the two.

They never seem to run out of time for hugging one another.

Mimey said...

So much harder to fear what you understand.

Kate said...

This is awesome! Thanks for raising awareness. We take so much for granted in life.