Bumper Stickers — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Bumper Stickers

by Heather P



                               

Wednesday, I was driving my daughter to swim team practice.

At a stop light, I looked up and the car in front of me had about  37 bumper stickers on the back of it.

(I am not a fan of bumper stickers. I think it has something to do with the fact that I once spent the better part of a day scrubbing stickers off a car…you know, because I was the one that gave them to a toddler to play with so I could drive and not sing “Roxanne” (yes, THAT Roxanne) for the 70 bazillionth time.)

As I perused them, it dawned on me that these people were merely bumper sticker junkies! They had everything from “I hiked the highest mountain in Saskatchewan” to “I’m a meatatarian” to “My kid made honor roll at Momma Jane’s Preschool!”

That’s how we are sometimes too, isn’t it?

We’re label junkies.

I spoke with a lady on the phone yesterday and she asked me what was wrong with Jack. I told her “Oh, he’s got CP, but a myriad of other assorted diagnoses!”

I should have said–”Baby, there’s nothing WRONG with my child! He’s fantastic. However, if you must know, he’s been diagnosed as having___________.”

I pictured, then, the back of my car…the bumper stickers it would have (even though it never will) if I had one for all of Jack’s “stuff!”

—Got G-Tube?

— Aphasia is not a continent.

—My CP doesn’t look like everyone else’s

—EnigmaMan inside…

Let’s start this weekend off with a smile….

What would your bumper sticker say?

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Heather is a mom of two, wife, and nurse educator doing what she can to save the day! She lives in Orlando where she is routinely spotted driving while singing ABBA--all on a mission to advocate and educate!

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1 Debbie December 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Well, there are a few good ones for us:

“My kid has designer genes”

“My kid has more chromosomes than yours”

but my favorite is “Friends don’t count chromosomes”

2 Heather P December 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I love those! I am giggling!

3 Cary December 10, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Great post!

How about:

My kid’s only 3 but he’s already got his own set of wheels!

4 Heather P December 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm

OH Dang! I should have thought of that one! PERFECT!!!

5 rickismom December 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

My favorite (real) bumper sticker (which I don’t have a bumper for…) is:
“Inclusion is JUST education”
I like though, “my kid has designer genes” as well….

6 Heather P December 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

OOOH~~~~ I LOVE that!

7 Peanut's Mom December 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

We had one that said “Children with disabilities are children first” but it eventually faded off.

8 Heather P December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

YES!

Wouldn’t it be so nice if that was remembered too? Hmmmmm…..

9 Jo December 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

I saw a car sign that said :
“Not all disabilities are visible”

10 Heather P December 13, 2010 at 9:27 am

Jo! I love that one!

11 Erica January 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I designed a bumper sticker that says “My Autistic Kid Will Lick Your Honor Student”, but I’m too afraid to display it because some people get offended so easily. Laughing about this stuff doesn’t mean you are making fun of anyone, just finding the humor in a tough situation.

12 Heather P January 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

OH MY GOSH! I love that! I LOVE IT! xoxox

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