“Mimi, is that weird?”
“Is what weird, Lil?” Her grandma stopped typing on her phone and looked up.
“That.” I pointed toward her feet with a soap-bubble-filled finger. She was leaning against the sink, keeping me company as I washed. To me, it was obvious. “Standing. You know. Aren’t you afraid of falling? It’s just weird.”
Lillie is just shy of twelve. She has cerebral palsy and has never taken a step. The world from her chair is very different and very similar to what the rest of us experience as we walk through life. I am learning so much from the conversations the two of us have.
Recently, I asked her if she would ever consider writing a story. A story in her words, with characters created in her mind, with a main character in a wheelchair – an “Own Voices” story.
#OwnVoices is a hashtag created in 2015 by Corinne Duyvis. Since its creation, it has spread into a beautiful movement highlighting the stories of those who live in the margins of society in their own voices.
Here is what you need to know when considering an “Own Voices” story: Continue reading “#OwnVoices: Is it my story to tell?”