Tuesday, May 21, 2013

just a little handicapped

So, we went to a party the other day and I was following Sam around like I do at parties in strange places with strange people that he does not know.  As we passed by a table of four women that I did not know, I overheard a lady say, "they wanted a handicapped one but one that was a just a little handicapped."  I kept following Sam.  Then I heard another one say, "and they are going to get his lip fixed too."  Then, in my head I thought, "Damn, Sam, they are talking about us!!!"  You know you all cuss in your head. 

I had to bust out laughing.  Sure he came from the "special needs" list.  Show me a kid who has spent two and a half years in an institution without a family who doesn't have a special need.  I have never thought of him as handicapped.  I told several friends this story and the first thing each one has said is "I bet you went off on her." 

If you don't know me in real life, then you may not know that I do not take kindly to someone hurting someone that I love.  I will give you the unholy business.  I will scratch your eyes out, rip your head off and then make you apologize for getting my hands dirty. 

You may even fancy yourself some sort of want to be beauty queen, but when you jack with my friend, I will disable you before you can say Miss Congeniality.  I'm not afraid of breaking my nose, and I have 30 pounds on you.  That's just a hypothetical, of course.  My mama tried to make me nice like her, but I have too much of my daddy in me. 

Here's the thing, don't call my kid handicapped.  Umkay?  You may not be so lucky the next time.   And what the hell does a little handicapped even mean? 

Because I need to round out this PSA with cuteness, here is me and Sammy on mothers day.  The day when their daddy told them that if they made me sad they would all get spankings.  Well, Sam has never had a spanking and it's not that out of the normal routine for John Hinton so it was not that big of a deterrent. 


  1. You really crack me up! I am right there with you on people saying unkind things about my family. I am surprised that you restrained yourself :) Love you and miss you!!! Still want to meet precious Sam. People say a lot of really dumb things don't you think?

  2. I can't believe some of the things people say. But you made me laugh about it. You can take a girl outta the country but you can't take the country outta the girl! (I was gonna say Utica but country sounded better, even tho they are one in the same!). Keep on being you!!!

  3. Hi Alissa, you don't know me, but I found your blog through my friend Jessica Durr. I just read this post and I was shocked that someone called Sam handicapped. I've been reading your blog since and your family adopted Sam and it has never occurred to me that Sam was handicapped or "special needs" at all. As I read what you wrote, it did occur to me that he probably does have some unique needs. But I see the pictures of him and read your stories, and honestly, he just seems like a really fabulout little boy. All children have unique needs. Those ladies are idiots.

    You have a wonderful heart and sense of humor and honey, I cuss in my head and out loud and although I don't have children, I've had many moments when I've had to have people hold me back from scratching people's eyes out because I thought they were hurting the people I love. Just ask Jessica Durr!

    I think you and your family are an inspiration and I really love reading about your journey. Your are frank and honest and I think that's really wonderful. I hope you don't mind that I've left you this message.

    Jessica McCain