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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Just an Old Fashioned Love Song......

    When Bill met Shelley: No disability could keep them apart


    “If you’re that in love, age doesn’t mean a thing. Even though my mind was young and my heart was young — somewhere inside my head I was mentally old enough.”

    –Bill Ott

    “You know that scene in ‘Dirty Dancing’ where Baby meets Johnny for the first time? It was kind of like that.”

    –Shelley Belgard

    BILL OTT WILL always remember the moment he met Shelley Belgard. It was in spring 1988. He was 12 and sometimes shy. Into music, sports and, suddenly, girls.

    Shelley was three years older, chatty and outgoing. They’d both shown up at a Montgomery County social club looking for friends, fun and the kind of acceptance that seems so elusive during teen life.

    Shelley smiled. Bill introduced himself. And that was it. “I didn’t know what love was,” he says. “Until I met her.”

    He was sure it was the real thing, but nobody ever believes that coming from a 12-year-old.

    Certainly not one with Down syndrome...............

    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    What a love story! Thanks for posting this.

    We had neighbors who had met at a club for young folks with disabilities. His was physical and hers was mental due to strokes at a very young age. They were married for over 30 years before the wife passed away. I hope Bill and Shelley have many happy years together.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Chicago burbs
    What an amazing love story. Brought tears to my eyes. I hope to read a follow up story on their 25th Wedding anniversary.

    A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    What an incredible story. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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