Hero Worship

15 Sep

I picked up a family in my taxi the other day whose young child had a physical disability, namely, severely restricted use of his malformed arms and my immediate reaction was not that of usual and correct compassion but rather I pondered on what sporting event would he be most capable of? I happily realised in shock that the Paralympic Games had altered my perception of those with disabilities, hopefully for ever.

Channel Four Television, Horseferry Rd SW!. As ever, current and topical with their use of location and their 4 superstructure.

If the preceding Games were not enough, these Paralympic Games have gone one step further in terms of success and public outreach. Record crowds and television audiences have witnessed astounding courage and examples to us all that the human spirit is never short of surprises in what it can overcome. We arrived at our destination and I waited patiently for the young boy to control his involuntary muscle spasms in order to pass the money through the ludicrously small aperture in the partition glass in order to pay me. Whoever you are, I thank you for reminding me how lucky I am to be able-bodied and to take all tasks for granted, maybe I’ll see you in twelve years’ time on a rostrum somewhere in the world.

In the week following when the sporting press debate if an overpaid footballer will shake hands with that of another and flags are burned in London, when the first football club’s crest will be punched by a goal scorer, let’s remember who the real heroes of this summer have been.


2 Responses to “Hero Worship”

  1. Cindy Eve (@3days_in_london) 05 October 13, 2012 at GMT+0000 12:05 pm #

    Absolutely love what you said about the young boy. The paralympics have certainly changed our perception of the not-so-disabled. The Paralympic athletes were outstanding.
    I too will be glad when they finish Blackfriar’s Bridge renovation….
    Thanks for a great post.
    Regards Cindy

    • silverboy67 43 October 15, 2012 at GMT+0000 11:43 am #

      Many thanks for your compliments. I just hope that the world will use the spirit of the Games to view those less fortunate than us in a more positive way.
      Good luck with your stuff, it’s very impressive.

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