Saturday, May 17, 2008

Soeren Palumbo Fremd HS Speech 2/28/07

This is in honor of dear to my heart nephew Hayden, and my Uncle Dwight-the most gorgeous man I've ever seen only in photos, and to the countless others who are special blessings.

These are our thoughts and feelings exactly. For me it wasn't difficult to learn because my dad taught us different from an early age by his example. And for as long as I can remember he would and still does talk about his memories of his dear brother who contracted polio during the polio epidemic, which severely crippled him. To listen to my dad share some of the cruel ignorance he saw his very dear brother subjected to is heartbreaking, and these are the only times I have ever seen my daddy cry. I'm thankful for those times because my dad knew firsthand what a blessing it was as he and probably the rest of the family were subjected to the stigmatization from those years, and those times when company came and my grandmother would remove my uncle to another room-Oh the anguish she must have felt at having to do such a thing, not because she was ashamed of her son she loved with all her motherly heart, but all because of non-acceptance and stigmatization. It wasn't about shame, it was about protecting.

And then we were blessed with Hayden-He talks to angels, because I saw him do it once. The most beautiful baby born I've ever seen whose almost 9 yrs old now.

This video is almost 10 minutes long, but well worth listening too, and I so hope that you do. Own it and share it because he speaks for us all.

Thank you and love to all,

amanda


5 comments:

Hilary said...

Wow!!! That was an amazing speech!

MNTY said...

thanks for commenting! I like your pictures too, you're really good.

my name is Minte, and I'm jealous that you live on Myrtle beach. I"m just saying because you introduced yourself... :) I'm not really sure what else to say, so I'll wrap up, but I'm glad you're looking at my uncle's, my friend's and my blog. I know we all appreciate it. I'll keep checking back on yours!

meghan leigh said...

Sweet blog, it's very interesting. I just wanted to thank you for linking my blog to yours, I always love it when people read what I have to say. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks so much!

<3

Meg

MNTY said...

me too, and I'm glad you think so!

thanks! it's pronounced Mint-a, actually... which is special..er.. :)

oh, you'd be surprised about the 27 degrees thing... it got below zero sometime last winter. that was bad. I think when I grow up, I'm going to go south for winter too...

Michelle said...

THank you so much for your comment on my post "broken record!" it's nice to know other mother's can identify with that LOL

I saw this speech when he first came out with it and was in tears at what this brother said about his sister...he wrote so beautifully!