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Remembered Event

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language

Before taking a job in a group home for developmentally disabled children , it was hard to remember a time when I was happy on a consistent basis . It was during my first years in college and I was more than two hundred miles from my family and friends that I was able to form bonds with despite my incredible ineptitude to make friends and feel comfortable with new people

So it was surprising when I applied for and received a job working in a group home for developmentally disabled children under the age [banner_entry_middle]

of 16 . A great deal of caring and human interaction with the children was an important job requirement . I had not known any children in the past five years and my sister was similar to me in age and there really wasn ‘t any other ways in which I had even sporadic contact with anybody under the age of 18 . But I needed a job and thought that this job could propel me out mf my shell that was serving as an impediment in many aspects of my life

I distinctly remember the very first day on the job . It was right after the residents had dinner and we were all sitting in the living room . I was sitting on the corner of the couch by myself and was horribly uncomfortable and filled with self doubt as to whether or not I could even contribute in any degree to the health and well being of these children . But I was not sitting on the couch for more than ten minutes when a little nine year old boy named Johnny came over by me and put his arm around me . He didn ‘t need to say anything at that time but I do wish that I could have told him how very important that simple act of his was to me . Not only did it break the ice , but I quickly formed an unbreakable bond with those children and the person who found it very difficult to speak and express my feelings , became one of the most outgoing and funny individuals that my coworkers had ever seen . The irony of this simple gesture , I found out later , was the fact that for whatever emotional failings that I possessed , Johnny had a much tougher time in expressing his feelings and feeling comfortable around strangers that I did . What has always been puzzling to me is the way that a large majority of the residents ‘ parents seem to cast them off because they have mental and /or physical disabilities . It is very sad , but what hurts more is the unshakable belief that the children have concerning their parents ‘ love for them , even when there is a complete absence of proof . Johnny was one of these children . During my tenure at the job , he would end up in a wheelchair due to a disease of the muscle tissue that atrophied at an alarming rate and left him unable to walk . He… [banner_entry_footer]


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