Has anyone started reading this book?
I just started and I have to say, it is hilarious. Totally and without question, laugh out loud hilarious . And really, what subject is more funny than disability.
Zach Anner talks about Cerebral Palsy being “the sexiest of the palsies.” He uses a wheelchair to ambulate, and some fancy speech to text apps to write, and he rocks a disability like no one I have ever known.
He sees the funny in fighting your own body, and in making life happen on your own terms. He is a comedian, he travels, he has a video show on You Tube, and he does it all surrounded by his friends who clearly love him and his spirit. Who knew that someone could make disability laugh out loud funny, without demoralizing themselves or looking like a victim. It makes my heart happy just to read it.
At the beginning of the book he talks about his parents and how they approached having a kid with a physical disability, despite what everyone around them was thinking.
I love this attitude in parents and hope that I am able to instill that in my own child. It is not a tragedy unless you look at it like it’s a tragedy. Everyone in reality takes their own path and kid’s with disabilities maybe go off road a bit more and take a few more turns and twists, but a different path is not a tragedy.
When I am am reading this book I keep going back to a single line of thinking. Why can’t we look at this situation and laugh? Why does disability always have to be so heavy and so serious. Why can we, as parents, and our kids, just look at this life once in awhile and crack up at how crazy and funny it can be.
Life is long if you trudge through it with a bad outlook and spirit. Life is not long enough if you can laugh and be irreverent and embrace who you really are.
Well done Zach Anner. Keep laughing and keep writing. The world needs you.