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March 13, 2007

In which I am enlightened....

One aspect of my job involves interacting with mentally and / or physically handicapped people. For the most part this is a fun little perk - you never know what they're going to do or say. They're usually always very happy, fun individuals that LOVE to talk. LOVE. It's always a lot of fun to have them come in the office.

My conversation yesterday with Mike:

"Hi Mike!"

"Hi.........." (long silence) "Can I ask you a question that is none of my business?"

"Sure, Mike."

"Does that ring on your finger mean that you're married?"

"Yup, it does!"

"It's none of my business what his name is......."

"That's okay, it's Caleb."

"Does he have facial hair?"

......(laugh) "Only when he's lazy!"

And later this statement, after a long discussion about how he wants a passport for his birthday so that he can travel:

"The only person that's been to every country in the world is Santa Claus."

"Yup, that's true...."

"He knows if we're good or bad......so does God."


Also very true. Had never thought of it that way....

4 comments:

lu said...

i stumbled upon your blog from whoopee and liked this post, i used to work with adults with developmental disabilities and i think i learned more from them then they learned from me. and had lots of laughs in the process!

Em said...

See, that is why you are the better person ... I would have argued with mike about how Santa isn't real, and how I consider horrible that we categorize Santa with God.

It's much easier, and more effective just to smile and agree, isn't it? I'll learn one day.

Danae said...

It's almost like they have the mind set of children, doesn't it? You're a brave person to deal with people like that! I'm NOT a people person at all. I hope that won't be held against me...

KimbaLee said...

It was a little scary at first, only because I wasn't sure how to act, or how to treat them. Normal? Or account for their differences?

Answer? Normal. They just want to be heard. :) Ends up being pretty fun actually!