In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”
Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.
Whitney Houston – His Eye Is On The Sparrow
My brother Stephen Vincent Palmer!! Back in 1963 when my parents took him to the doctors to see why he was not speaking those so-called medical professionals wrote him off as being “emotionally disturbed”!! How a then two-year old could be emotionally disturbed is beyond me but my parents said No we are Not going to institutionalize our son! During the 1960s nobody heard of or used the term Autism. Children like Stephen were put away institutions like Creedmor and Willowbrook where they were beaten, starved, abused and lay on the floor in their own waste. Sometimes people would lock “retarded” children away in their attics because of guilt and shame. My parents refused to listen to the doctors, took Stephen home and raised him as best they could. Whatever was in his ability to do he did it. Stephen had household chores just like me. My mother Mable Elizabeth Palmer suffered terribly because ignorant people blamed her for Stephen’s disabilities. I’m sure she cried many days and nights never quite sure how she could best help her son she loved so much. Mothers of disabled children carry heavy burdens. But at least Mom had Dad and together made a road where none had existed before.
All the while my parents Edward & Mable Palmer searched for what few programs and services existed in the 1960s for developmentally disabled children. Thanks Mom & Dad for never giving up on Stephen. I follow in their humble path. Truly Stephen is my and God’s prize and because of him I have pride and joy!
BeBe & CeCe Winans – Love Said Not So
But God said Not So!! I have a plan and a purpose for my Beloved son Stephen Vincent Palmer!
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For those of you who have a developmentally disabled child or sibling keep in mind no matter what others say know that your loved one is made in God’s image and likeness. Special Needs means special in the Kingdom of God. My brother is the kindest, most caring and compassionate person I know on this earth. I am proud to be called Stephen’s Sister.
Stephen if you were to ever leave my side and if God should call you home before me truly I’d be lost without you. Dearest Brother you mean the world to me. I Love you so much! ❤
LOST WITHOUT YOU / BEBE & CECE WINANS
Stephen I would lay down my life for yours. Your happiness is my #1 concern and goal in life. Ours is an Addictive Love!