Amendment 51 failed tonight. This was a punch in the gut. I should have put out more signs, I should have stood on street corners and waved (when I mentioned my remorse to Brian about this he said parents like us can't do things like that because we all have to be at home with our kids to give them their next g-tube feed...)
51 represented so much to us...not only would it provide relief for families and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities but it signified to us that people cared. It represented that we were worth it. It meant that the the average $50/year it would cost the average taxpayer was worth it.
Tonight I feel like people not only "don't get it" but they don't care.
I hope I am wrong.
I hope it was ignorance, not apathy, that interfered with the passing of this amendment.
It just makes me so sad.
I guess now all we can do is pick up our tails, put our heads together and think of how we can help the over 12,000 people in this state who not only facing the physical and emotional challenges of coping with a disability but now will continue to face huge financial burdens each and every day.
On a completely different note it is an honor raise a child in an era that has not given into fear, but to hope. Looking forward to change....