Monica Wood is one of my all-time favorite writers. I'm not a big non-fiction reader, but I'm eagerly anticipating her new memoir. In the meantime, I read this essay and I was floored. Because I have a very dear friend who has cerebral palsy, I understand the challenges of making someone's disability true and real, without taking away their individuality. There's such a danger in making someone appear like a charicature...at least, it's the thing I fear most, and the thing I have not been able to grasp in my own essay-writing.
Monica knows just how to do it. Read her essay here: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/What-My-Sister-Taught-Me-Monica-Wood
I'd love to hear what you think!