Monday, October 24, 2016

Why a Drawing of a Line of Kids Stopped Me In My Tracks

It was a typical Thursday and Tara's turn to write to our young friend, who has CP just like us.  Because she's often in a rush to get out the door and go to work, I tell her I'll get the letter in an envelope, addressed, stamped and mailed, just leave it on the table.

So, I read the letter (because we alternate writing, both of us like to be aware of what's already been said so we don't repeat ourselves.)  It was a cute little anecdote about how all the kids were to be off school that day, and how busy my sis imagined her day to be because all the kids would be hungry and bored.  I told Tara I thought it was cute, including the drawing at the bottom, which depicted a stressed-out looking Tara womaning the register, and a long line of children, who are waiting to pay for their goodies.

It was after she left for work that I studied the picture more carefully, and saw that in a line of seven kids, one used a wheelchair and another used a walker.  Both carried their money independently.  Both kids were smiling.

[Image is: Tara's drawing at the bottom of her letter: depicting the above-described line of 7 kids.  One says, "Can I have pizza?" while another says, "I want an Icee."]

I loved the picture so much, I asked her if I could blog about it and share it.  So, with her permission, I am.  Why?  Because representation of people with disabilities is rarely so seamless.  So thought-of, so respectful.  I love it.  I love it because it shows we are a part of the bigger community.  It shows we are happy.  It shows we are independent.  It even shows my sis (with invisible disabilities herself) doing a job.

It's rare and it's awesome, and I'm sharing it because I think you might think it's awesome, too.

Do you?  Let me know in the comments...

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9 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this -- *and* you and Tara <3

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  2. Yes I do love it and can't wait to see it ;)

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    1. It should already be there (unless mail is slow???) Assumed this one would get there Saturday. Yours is coming today (I hope!!!!) Sorry in advance there is no drawing on yours <3

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  3. It is indeed awesome! My friend had an assignment in grade school where she was supposed to draw a response to a question about school rules or something and she drew me with my crutches in the drawing beautifully. I also had a friend from work with autism draw me with mobility aids like this. Those drawings are precious to me because they represent not just disability but true friendship and acceptance. Thanks to Tara for allowing you to share!

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    1. Thanks Tonia!

      On a side note, I just watched "Speechless" episode 5 and I'm curious to know what you think of that episode!

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    2. I just watched, too. Review should be up Monday!

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    3. Cool! I look forward to reading that review!

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