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Gov. Malloy’s story resonates with this Connecticut mother

Putting aside politics altogether, I was moved by Gov. Dannel Malloy’s speech at the Democratic Convention this past week. His brief, but powerful recitation of his early years as a child with learning disabilities, who was labeled as the term was used at that time as “mentally retarded,” lodged a lump in my throat and reduced me to a puddle of tears.  His mother’s dedication and persistence to find ways to help him learn and his own resilient spirit to work hard and strive to master skills that came so easily to his peers is more than inspiring to me; it’s a lifeline of hope and a reminder that we are not alone in this unpredictable life.