242. The Wheelchair Race


242. William was in his first wheelchair race. There were five other contestants. The age group was 12 to 15. William rolled up to the starting line. He was in the #1 lane. He said hello to the boy on his right. He was in the #2 lane. William asked, "Is this your first race?" The boy said yes. William asked, "Did you train for this race?" The boy said, "Train? Who cares about training? I don't care if I win or lose. I'm just out here to meet other boys like me. Maybe I can make a new friend. I don't have any friends in wheelchairs. I have a few friends, but they have two good legs. Sometimes I feel like I'm a burden to them." William said, "I feel that way too. Maybe we can be friends." The race hadn't even started, but William already felt like a winner. 1.6

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