Memories Of A One Handed Life – OHS032

Sitting outside under a tree a young boy is consoled by a young girl who is a few years older than him.

When AlejAndro was a young boy he was very confused about being born with one hand. One day while he was playing in his backyard with the girl who lived just “up the hill” she said and did something he will never forget.

This is simply a short story about a very early one-handed experience. In fact, it is one of my earliest positive memories of living life with one hand. As much as I love the way I am right now it was not always easy. My childhood was very challenging. My early childhood was extremely difficult. So much of this revolved around not knowing why I was born like this. Not understanding why me and not someone else. At the time this story took place the only one-handed person I had ever seen was me. I was a very confused and somewhat angry kid because of not knowing why I was born this way.

The place where I grew up, the times I grew up in, and the people around me were not too positive to say the least. I did not get a lot of support overall from my community, my schools, and by many adults in my realm of existence. But this one girl who lived up the street from me made a huge positive difference in my life one day as we were playing in my back yard. It was a normal day like any other day as we were playing together like neighborhood kids did. She noticed me noticing myself. I was sad and confused about my one handed life. What she did and what she said has lifted my life to this day.

Show Notes:

  • The girl who lived up the street made a big difference in my life when we were kids playing. And that moment still impacts my life to this day.


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AlejAndro Anastasio

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