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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: Celebrating Irish heritage

  • This column is printing after St. Patrick's Day is over, but that doesn't mean I can't continue to celebrate. I am Irish afterall.
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  • This column is printing after St. Patrick's Day is over, but that doesn't mean I can't continue to celebrate. I am Irish afterall.
    I had a great time over the weekend at my brother Sean's St. Patrick's Day party that was sponsored by the Advocacy and Resources for Citizens (ARC) of Wayne County.
    The ARC is the largest advocacy organization in the United States for citizens with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families. The ARC of Wayne County is the county chapter of the National Arc.
    Many attended in their green outfits, some adding hats, bow ties, sunglasses, garland and beads, all in the name of the Luck of the Irish.
    While I have fun being around these individuals, I also have fun watching them interact with each other and how much fun they have together.
    There were a lot of familiar faces as well as a few new faces, but each one was accepted in turn.
    New friendships were forming right before my eyes. It was very nice to see.
    The more time I spend with these individuals, the more I appreciate them. They really are unique and they are some of the best people you will ever meet in your lifetime.
    One of my favorite things about them is they live in the moment. They aren't worried about tomorrow, but rather, enjoy what they're doing right now.
    When the DJ started playing music, there was nonstop dancing. They were all having too much fun with each other to have any other care in the world.
    As I've said before and will continue to believe, we can learn so much from these individuals. All they need is a chance. All they want is to be accepted for who they are.
    It's that simple. There's no complexity to their situation.
    They are people too. They are just like you and I, wanting that same love and acceptance, having fun with friends and family, wanting to accomplish something.
    Too often these individuals are characterized as having a “disease” and needing to be “cured” when it is just the opposite.
    Disabilities aren't the tragedy, ignorance is.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.coma
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