This past month, I spoke at two schools in Elmhurst. It was so incredible to be around kids again! I talked to two 5th grade classes about the book Out of my Mind. The novel is about a girl who uses a wheelchair. She also uses a communication device to speak. Sound familiar? It is nice for teachers because I embody the main character, Melody. Here is the link to the book: https://amzn.to/2T2yA1P
I love all my speeches, but this speech has an air of innocence to it. The kids are curious and not afraid to ask anything. Here are some questions:
- How fast does your wheelchair go?
- What frustrates you the most? Seriously, these kids can be very insightful.
- Do you believe in unicorns? Of course, I do! 😉
These events bring me energy, they are life giving, days like these reassure
me that I have a purpose in this world. During the height of Covid, Zoom was
the best option to do these presentations. Zoom presentations were like a
cupcake without the frosting. When I am there in person, the kids can come up
afterwards and ask questions. One little girl who was adorable came up to my
caregiver and said, “I think Hannah is gorgeous”. My caregiver told the little
girl to tell me herself. When she did, my heart melted!
These two speeches gave me a much-needed breath of fresh air along with a reminder that being a speaker is what I am called to do.
Enjoy getting back to life!