A short story written by Holly Sanders
A little boy in a wheelchair was being picked up from school by his mom. His usual bright smile was not showing. He said to his mom on their way home, "I hate my wheelchair! I feel left out when my friends play basketball, baseball, or just run around. I can't run around like them because I'm in my stupid wheelchair!" The mom's heart sank. It was the first time he had expressed distaste for being in his wheelchair. She gathered herself and calmly said to her son, "Oh honey, you do not understand. If all your friends were in a wheelchair and you were the only one standing and they still didn't let you play with them, you would still feel left out.
It has nothing to do with your wheelchair. It has to do with acceptance and compromise. If people make you feel secluded, left out, or alone that's their problem and that has nothing to do with you. It is just about being accepted, dear.
Something that you should remember about accepting others because one day you're going to have something that somebody else does not have and there will be envy there as well.
Be kind to, share with, and accept others who are different and you will see; everything will turn out alright." Her son smiled to himself. It now made sense. It wasn't his wheelchair that kept him from playing with the others. He was a little bit different and that was okay because they were supposed to accept him anyway. The rest of the ride home was quiet but the mood that hung in the air was softer and she knew her son understood.
Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
'The picture my son must never see': Heartbroken mother complains to school after her disabled child is left sidelined from his friends in class photograph.
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Miles Ambridges' original class photo showed the little boy, who has disabilities, sitting in his wheelchair and isolated from the group.
The picture drew outrage from parents and readers around the world.
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