Karla Begley, the mother of the 13 year-old boy with autism has responded to the hateful letter she received suggesting she euthanize her son because his noise is a nuisance. Her response is eloquent and amazing. Being a native New Yorker, my response would not have taken the high road. If I had gotten the letter I would have launched f-bombs from the lowest gutter I could find.
I wish we all knew who had written the letter, because I have a few f-bomb free points I want to make. The letter claims that no one else wants the family living there but they don’t have the guts to tell her, yet the author is too much of a coward to even sign a name. You want to see guts in action, take a look at Karla’s life. She has guts, and a huge heart. I suspect the chest of the author of the letter contains nothing but a giant black hole.
The letter writer calls herself one pissed off mother. I have another name for her and it involves the word mother, although it would be misspelled. The muther (sic) says she lives the neighborhood, but clearly she has no idea how to be a good neighbor. She states that the boy is a nuisance and makes noise pollution. She allows that “crying babies, dogs and music are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood.” Who the heck put her in charge of defining normal? I wonder if she has ever had a neighbor’s dog keep her up most of the night as I have, or had a cat in heat in her backyard, or a lawn mower start up before the sunrise, or a car that needs a new muffler. Other people live in a different normal. Life can be annoying. To quote her letter, deal with it.
It isn't only noise that can be annoying to neighbors. Smoky cookouts or even the latest backyard fad of smokers fill the air with stinky gunk. Devout gardeners insist on using the foulest smelling fertilizer. Some neighbor’s holiday decorations or even taste in everyday decorating can be a visual nuisance. Most of us take all these things in stride and understand that we don’t live in isolation. Maybe the author of the letter should try that living arrangement. I’m sure there are many bridges that are missing their trolls. Wait, that might be offensive to trolls. Sorry. Any secluded area will do, so that we can be shielded from the ignorance that oozes from this muther (sic). Her removal would certainly improve her community. And if we ever reach the point where we are actually euthanizing people as she suggests, guess who would be first on my list.
Maybe I've been watching too much Criminal Minds, but I’d like to offer some ideas about who this muther might be. Local authorities, I give you permission to use my ideas to narrow your suspect pool in what I hope you are treating as a hate-crime investigation.
The colored paper tells me that she may have very young children. She may even run a home-daycare. Or maybe she recently had a yard sale or lost a cat. Or maybe it's just white paper that looks pin on camera. Either way, let's find this person.
There is a bar of extra ink on the top right corner, suggesting that this is a bad copy of the original letter or that her printer has an identifiable glitch.
She is not Hispanic since she misspelled “vamoose”.
She is uneducated (the grammar is just as bad as her sentiments) but tries to act like she is smart. She also wants to be in a position of authority since she seems to be speaking for the community; however the community is actually standing behind Max and his family. And so am I!