I saw her again today!
She was shuffling across the road, head down, oblivious to the world, lost in her thoughts and looking totally miserable.
I’ve seen her around town here for a few years, and I don’t think think she’s very old, I’d say she’s in in her late twenties or early thirties.
Probably young enough to be my daughter, which I think is maybe just one reason why it hurts to see her like this.
Years ago when I was driving the bus, she would sit and chat away chirpily, and she’d make everyone feel a little happier.
She was studying at a local college. What course she was doing, I have no idea.
And then it happened!
One day on the bus another passenger mocked her, and told her exactly why she was no good, and would never succeed.
You see, this girl has an intellectual disability!
Her dream back then was to be a teacher’s aide, helping other people with a disability to cope.
She’d talk about her dream, especially to people who she thought would encourage her.
This was obviously the case that day, as the other passenger was a university student, studying teaching at the time.
I realize now that she had a disability too!
One called arrogance.
You see, we are born with our looks, and our abilities.
Our strengths and our weaknesses.
We have no control over a lot of things, especially the country where we are born, our parentage, and the color of our skin!
So why would our good fortune give us the right to be judgemental and hurtful?
Is it our need to be superior to others?
Is it right to boast about something that we had no control over?
Obviously, other things have happened to this girl along the way, so it is unfair to blame the other party for her state now, but it couldn’t have helped.
I hope that where ever she is now in her life that she has managed to grow up some.