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Possibilities Are Endless
A developmentally-disabled guy is bagging our groceries at Shoprite earlier today.
He asks, "Did you get that hat in India?"
"Yes, I did. I lived there for six months and just got back. It's a cricket cap. Cricket is like baseball --"
"I know what cricket is. It's like baseball, but the bat is wide and you throw like this [he winds his arm up and throws an invisible ball overhand toward the floor]."
"That's right. I didn't know what cricket was, really, till I went to India."
Pat says to him, "You know more about it than most people [in this country]."
We thank him and wish him a happy new year. I walk away inspired.
Straightening up for the New Year's dinner we'll host for our friends David and Gerard, I see a postcard of a show for an artist with whom I was friendly when I lived in Chicago, Riva Lehrer. Much of Riva's art focuses on physical disability.
Riva's work and the conversation with the grocery bagger this afternoon remind me that all of us have gifts and ought to express them. Also, the qualities that society sometimes thinks ought to limit us differentiate us and can serve as our core motivation and means to connect with others.