Representation matters.

I found this artwork in my youngest’s folder yesterday, and it is the best of humanity that I’ve seen in days. I asked him what the art meant, what he was trying to say, and he told me that he wanted everyone to work together and to matter to each other. He said he wants us to be equal, no matter what we look like. This is idealistic and unbelievably important. It might be an unattainable goal but it is a goal worth striving for, fighting for, constantly working to reach. I love that he included a wheelchair in his drawing. In his mind, he sees people with disabilities as a part of his life, of his world. He sees them as belonging and needed and valuable. In his mind, in his vision, they are equal and he wants this for them. It never occurred to him that a drawing of people wouldn’t have someone with special needs in it.

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