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I always look forward to Halloween. Our neighborhood has a zillion kids and parents from other neighborhoods drive their kids over to our street (probably because we always have wine & beer for the parents!).

This year my mentally retarded brother will be spending the evening with us. He is 45 but has the mentality of a young child. So, guess what, he still likes to trick or treat (he also still believes in Santa Claus-the spirit of Christmas will always truly live in our house!).

He will dress, as usual, in his Dracula cape. He even has a spare he’s willing to lend his friend Raymond. They will trick or treat, collect their loot and come back to the house and rummage through it-just like every other kid. It will be a blast for him.

Some people may think of having a handicapped sibling as a curse or a problem. For me, I know what my purpose on Earth is-to be Mike’s younger sister and the person who will care for him throughout his lifetime. Our parents are gone and my oldest brother can’t seem to be bothered.

It was our Mom’s birthday October 15. I called Mike and we sang Happy Birthday to her together. Yep, it’s just me & Mike.


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      Gina Venturini wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • What a sweet story Vigirl. Do you go trick or treating with him so that people don’t give him a hard time?

      I grew up with a mentally retarded uncle and because I was so young and didn’t know any better, I was very scared of him. He would just sit on the edge of his bed, rock back and forth and flick his fingers nails together. He would ramble in spanish and because me and my cousins couldn’t understand what he was saying, it would make him angry and sometimes he would chase us around my grandma’s house.  

      Bath time was even a bigger challenge because he would try to fight anyone who was trying to put him into the tub.  

      Unfortunately he passed many years ago due to health complications. That was in the 70s and I’m sure if he was alive today his life might have been a little better off since there is so much more help out there for mentally challenged people.  

      You are a wonderful lady and I hope that you and your brother Mike will continue to share many more special moments together.  

      Have a Happy Halloween.

      Creatively yours,

      Gina Venturini

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • Thanks for sharing and I can see you are so proud of Mike... love makes all the difference in the world and you definitely have it.

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      Merlot63 wrote Oct 30, 2008
    • Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Mike is so lucky to have you, as you him.  Happy Halloween!

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      Dennie05 wrote Oct 30, 2008
    • BEAUTIFUL!!!

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