I may have gotten Aidan’s wheelchair totally and completely stuck in the ground at Victoria Arlen’s celebration parade. Fortunately, another mom stopped to ask how she could help. I said, “Well, there was a firetruck in the parade. I really could use some big hunky men in uniforms.” She found someone better…
(cue booming echo-y voice)
A stranger walked over, said hello to us, and addressed Aidan by name. It just so happens he reads my blog, and Aidan’s baby blues are hard to forget. Ok, I realize this makes me sound way more famous then I really am. Turns out, Community Man also gathered people together to contribute to Aidan’s accessible van last year. He learned about us from the article in our local paper. Here’s the thing about Community Man, he’s a behind the scenes magic maker. When he read about Victoria Arlen he decided she needed a parade. Um, I did too but I didn’t exactly make it happen. Community Man did.
He’s not a politician or local leader or friend of the family. Community Man lives in Disability World and has benefitted from the kindness of strangers and generosity of community. He gets it, and as result, he looks for people to help and encourage. In this way, we could all be a Super Hero like Community Man.
Except that he did pull Aidan’s wheelchair out of the grass, then lifted a hand to the sky, and with a cape squared firmly over his shoulders flew into the beyond.
Or something like that.
Have you ever met a Super Hero?
*I recognize that Community Man is a super un-sexy name for a Super Hero so help a girl out and leave some better options in the comments section. Also, don’t forget to leave questions for Paralympic Champion Victoria Arlen and her Super Hero Mom. We can build our own little community this way.