She didn't get the memo that said it is embarrassing to go to the same high school with your older brother and sister. Especially when that brother is nonverbal and severely cognitively disabled and that sister has behavioral and cognitive issues that draw a lot of attention at times. She must have missed the memo that told her to avoid association with those who have a disability or who may say or do things that could quickly put you into the "uncool" crowd. And she definitely didn't get the memo that even though it is your brother and sister who sit at the special ed lunch table, that they are of any less value than anyone else sitting in that lunch room. (You would think that after all these years of disability awareness, that the kids with special needs would still be isolated from the rest of their peers in the lunch room...but it is in the lunchroom that we see all sorts of things that don't seem to be the way they should be...kind of like why the black kids sit together in the lunch room as well.)
You know, Hope probably did get that memo--the messages that society sends about those with disabilities is written everywhere. But, that is what makes Hope so unique...so fierce in her devotion. She has chosen to ignore the messages that life is not fair if you have a sibling with a disability. And then she takes it a step further...she is proud of her disabled siblings and isn't afraid to tell her friends at school that McKenna and Aaron are her brother and sister. She is not afraid to share God's good design for those with disabilities.
And if she sees someone treating another with disrespect or hurtfulness, they better watch out--she plays rugby and she will take them down!