I couldn’t believe they asked that
It was a Monday night, just like any other night. We had different clubs being held around the school. There were plenty of activities to be involved in.
That’s when my friend with Albinism (a student at the school). approached me. “Hey Mr. Brian, can we play chess tonight at 5:00?” Knowing all that we had going on with many different clubs to get involved in and this wasn’t even chess night, I said “sure.”
What happened at 5:00 was a 90-minute chess game, that was relaxing, enjoyable, and frustrating.
Due to their Albinism, we played in the dark and listened to soft classical music. On this night it was “Winter” in F-minor. (Whatever that means) They don’t like bright lights due to having sensitive eyes. Extreme silence causes their ears to ring, with an incessant buzz.
I didn’t always understand or care to understand people that were different from me. Now that I care, I want to help others that care. I want to help them (and me) to know how to “Lead, Love, and Learn from others that are different from them.”
Please join me on January 28th, when we discuss all types. Disabilities, Vaxxers vs. non, Mental Health, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Buckeyes vs. Wolverines, Yankees vs. Red Sox… you name it!