Too many folks look down their noses at ex offenders, or “convicted felons”. Big mistake, especially when you consider that tens of thousands of them were wrongly convicted. Maybe this little essay helps make the point. Nobody is “better” than another; we’re all just different. 

Essay on Being Different

When my son was 5 or 6, we were enjoying the day swimming and playing at one of the many lakes in Orlando. Had a picnic in the park … just having fun “hanging out”.

A van with 7 or 8 children with Downs Syndrome pulled up and the kids got out and sat at two nearby tables/benches. As others stared and whispered I said to my son, Baxter, “Come on, son, let’s go say Hi”. We went over and visited with them for about ½ hour*, and then I went to a nearby fast food place and got a ton of chicken nuggets, which they all enjoyed.

Baxter got the point: these kids weren’t poison, they were just different. I reminded him often as he was growing up: “the only thing you can tell by what a person looks like is what a person looks like”!

Do YOU get the point?

*They really liked our water balloon toys – the best toys for pool or lake. You put a balloon under the tap and add 3 or 4 ounces of water. Inflate to only about 4 or 5 inches in diameter and tie it off. The balloon has enough weight to make it skip over the water, roll off a roof, etc., but is still strong enough that it does not break. Beats the hell out of all the expensive pool toys we had!

Kra 2009