Sad Story #1Posted: February 15, 2011
I’m having one of those days today.
Where everything goes wrong, everything seems to suck, and I’m apparently paying back Carma debt I owe for somehow being a dick in my past.
So I’m walking down the road barely able to keep it together when I see a boy across the street with his father trailing close behind him. The kid’s maybe eight years old and suffering from what looks like Cerebral Palsy as he doggedly directs his wheeled walking-assistant apparatus.
I instantly said to myself, “Okay, God. I get your message. It could be worse. Thank you for the reminder.”
I began to feel better, but only for a split second, because it did get worse.
That father told his son, “You’re not going straight because you’re draggin’ your foot.”
He said it in what appeared to me a frustrated tone, and it left me feeling a sadness unmatched in many years.
I know dealing with kids with special needs as hard as hell, but here’s this kid, just trying to walk and do whatever is expected of him, probably just trying to make daddy happy, and frustration from his hero is what I’m certain he heard too.
F#ck! Today is a great day after all…for me.
Thank you kid. You may not walk straight enough, but you sure straighten me out.