Today, imagine you work in a place where you manage lost or forgotten items. What might you find in the pile? For those participating in our serial challenge, reflect on the theme of “lost and found,” too.
I Have Feelings Too
Ronovan recently wrote The Disguise of Contentment. In it, he said, “I’m the one that gets out of the car slowly from the handicap spot.” And he asked, “Do you get yelled at as you get out of the car because you ‘look’ healthy?”
It is an eye-opening article. He is right. Even though there are a few people have cheated the system, we shouldn’t assume everyone does, no matter how healthy he or she looks.
I want to thank Ronovan for writing this. His article reminds me that no matter how sure I am, I may still not know the whole truth.
Now, if you allow me, I have a story to tell you too. Today’s Writing 101 assignment is to write about something you find in “lost and found” pile. I’ve found a piece of memory that I have conveniently forgotten.
When my daughter was 9 or 10, one day we went to Arby’s for lunch. As soon as we got out of the car, I saw a woman in a wheelchair trying to get herself and the wheelchair onto the walkway. The walkway is about 5 or 6 inches higher than the ground. A couple of times she managed to get front wheels onto the walkway, but since she didn’t have enough strength to keep pushing, the wheelchair rolled back.
I rushed to her and asked, “May I help you?” (I didn’t know if I should say “can I” or “may I”. I wanted her to know I was going to help her so she knew what was going on.)
To my surprise, she turned to me and yelled, “NO! Why can’t you guys leave me alone? Why do you always assume that people like me need help?”
I had never been yelled at, and there I was… being yelled at in a public place in front of my young daughter by a stranger whom I tried to help. Just because I am healthy (I was then), it doesn’t mean I have no feelings. I can’t tell you how horrified I was.
It’s a piece of memory that I’ve tried to forget. Now that I am older, I truly believe that we need to communicate more and better. Communication is the key.
(Picture was taken in Australia. I should save that for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge. 😉