🧝♀️Ocean Elf: When a chain letter starts out that way, you can be pretty sure it will be one or more of the following:
A. Something amazing when it first happened but is old news now.
B. something amazing plus some little claim that has nothing to do with the amazing event itself and is silly and/or untrue besides.
C. Anything but amazing.
D. and very likely anything but true.
For example, those lists of bogus trivia that circulate online.
🙎Meme: No Arms
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: Right away it's clear the meme is going to focus on some perceived disability rather than the personality. This kind of stuff makes my back go up for a couple of reasons.
1. It just seems patronizing and not taking the human beings - either the subject or the audience into consideration.
2. I'm just tired of memes telling me what's "amazing" or what's "outrageous" or basically telling me how I'm supposed to feel about anything.
🙎Meme: Oxford and Cambridge have now decided to remove the words CAN’T and IMPOSSIBLE from their dictionary
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: So, two dictionaries lost their arms and then got a couple of words removed? This meme really isn't starting out well. But that's the point. It's a meme.
Oxford and Cambridge have not modified their dictionary because someone somewhere did something amazing, and somebody else thought it was cool to make a meme about it and say the dictionary got changed.
🙎Meme: Jessica Cox,
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: There's a lot more to Jessica Cox than being a pilot without arms. She is a motivational speaker with a lot to give, and she deserves so much more than be put into a meme.
Besides piloting, Jessica also drives a car, scuba dives, surfs, does taekwondo, and many other things same as anyone with arms. Amazing as that is to us, using her feet in place of hands is normal for her.
This link has information on her story.
Even better, here is Jessica Cox's web site. Please read and connect with her from there, but kindly stop spreading this meme.
Jessica on Youtube
Jessica on Twitter
I am delighted to have checked out her site to find out that Jessica is also a Christian.
🙎Meme: Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms, but that has only stopped her from doing one thing: using the word "can’t."
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: Oh, stow the droll... Just because someone's healthy determination and view on life helped them accomplish something really inspiring to many, does not mean they limit their vocabulary as well. This sort of trite attempt at wit/cuteness is really tiresome, especially coming from a meme or TV commercial.
🙎Meme: So, the next time you are ready to tell yourself, "I can’t possibly…” remember this amazing young woman and change your vocabulary.
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: Inspiring as her story is, making a meme that doesn't even include her own site, will not make the impossible possible.
For Jessica, flying was clearly not impossible. But there are things people can't do because it's impossible for them, and disability has nothing to do with it.
My mom will never own a pet cat because she has big allergic reactions to them, making it impossible for her to be around them without a great deal of discomfort.
I will never be a prima ballerina, because I lack the flexibility and figure for it, and never took ballet when growing up.
It is impossible for an infant to give a lecture anywhere, because infants can't talk. And yes, I mean literally talk, as in, using the full English language and vocabulary, I don't mean merely 'communication' which babies do right from birth.
A cow can't cackle. A duck can't roar. That's impossible for them because of the way they're created.
So please, stop with the play on words stuff.
Over and out.