I just stumbled upon a novel that includes people with disabilities. I’ve never heard of it before. If some of you are readers, maybe you can join me in searching for it. It’s called Four Freedoms by John Crowley. During World War II Henry and Jules Van Damme can’t justify taking workers from agrarian or armaments assembly support efforts for the War in Europe. They were trying to draft plans for building an aeronautics plant. A vice president at their company jokingly suggests “making do, with women, the coloreds, the oldsters, the defectives, the handicaps. Henry enthusiastically agrees telling his recruitment services, “Go out into the highways and the byways, bring in the lame, the halt, and the blind”.[9
Since I hate giving spoilers for books anyway, and i haven’t read this one at all, I’ll leave this synopsis as it is. I’m fascinated by the idea of using the marginalized people mentioned in any kind of war effort. I hope it might be a stereotype-breaking type novel that somehow might change our views on what “those” individuals can do.
Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions
Exercise 30 minutes a day
Stop eating Oreo cookies
Keep my room with everything in its place
Read fewer than two books a week
Write something creative every day
Well, would you look at that?
I’m keeping a New Year’s Resolution I haven’t made in years.
I guess there’s hope that I’ll learn to keep my room neat after all.