This article by Frank Bruni tells the story of a bright and interesting woman who uses a wheelchair. People who are different struggle to be afforded recognition, acceptance and respect. All before saying, "Hello."

From the New York Times:

Are You Old? Infirm? Then Kindly Disappear

By Frank Bruni

Dec. 16, 2017
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — Nancy Root remembers when she vanished.

Not the exact date, but the occasion: She went shopping for a mattress. This was a few years ago. Because the mall was so big and her legs were so weak, she used a wheelchair, which was new to her, and had a friend push her.

Their wait for service was unusually long, and later, as she used the wheelchair more and more, she understood why. In the chair she became invisible. In the chair she turned radioactive. People looked over her, around her, through her. They withdrew. It was the craziest thing. She had the same keen mind, the same quick wit. But most new acquaintances didn’t notice, because most no longer bothered to.
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