This weekend was a weekend of glaring contrasts.
On Friday, Melorah got to go to The Royal Prom. It was a prom for special needs from age 14 to 101. (love it!) This prom was sponsored by several churches, Chik-fil-a, GiGi's Cupcakes and many more businesses. I was close to tears all night because I saw how well Melorah "fit in" with this group, how comfortable she was around everyone, how many people volunteered their time/ talents/ money for this event, and last but not least how much fun Melorah had attending. The experience was humbling to say the least. To watch the volunteers help older people with disabilities or young people who are non-verbal and non-mobile is just amazing. It had to be outside their comfort zone but not once did I see any of the volunteers look uncomfortable. Melorah was not invisible at the prom. She was honored, she was seen as a human with value...which she is because everyone has value as they are God's children. She is a daughter of the King.
"Ms. Heather" was Melorah's escort for the night... and an answer to a prayer as she has known Melorah since she was very little. Melorah had a blast!!
On Saturday, we went to Oktoberfest... it's a tradition. Melorah was still exhausted from the day before, so we used her wheelchair. We try to get there fairly early as the crowd gets crazy, after all it IS Oktoberfest. There is one thing that Melorah is obsessed with, that is anything Disney. So, we happened upon a Disney Radio booth where they were playing Disney tunes and getting people to dance, etc. We were so excited!! Melorah did her best - she was trying to follow the arm movements but she just didn't have the energy to get out of her wheelchair. It become glaring obvious that the Disney dancers didn't want see her - they made eye contact with everyone, especially the kids and the drunk guy ... they loved him. But a teen in a wheelchair... eek! That is uncomfortable, so they treated her as invisible. Seriously, is it too much to ask for eye contact? Disney use to do great with disabilities. It seems that now they are even letting the disabled slip into invisibility. My heart broke for Melorah. I got a small glimpse of how she must feel at times... invisible.
It reinforces a great lesson.... as God's children everyone has worth, no one is invisible.