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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Josh Hatcher--Johnny and the Sparkplug


Johnny and the Sparkplug

There’s a man in Roulette. A large, round man that dresses the same most every day. Faded blue jeans, pulled up to his belly button, with a tight fitting white t-shirt. In the cool air of spring and fall – he wears a faded orange or red hooded sweatshirt, and a faded red baseball cap.

Johnny is often mocked. It should not be this way -but it is. He’s mentally disabled, perhaps autistic – his speech has a cadence and a rhythm that is unique – and indicative of a completely different thought process than the people around him. My father always taught us to respect Johnny, and to treat him like we would anyone else.

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1 comment :

Jill said...

It's amazing the beautiful experiences we miss out on when we allow fear of things we don't completely understand to tinge our perception of those "different" things and people around us.
Love this story, Josh. :) I've never met or seen this Johnny character, but he sounds like a beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing!