We’ve all been told that there is no such thing as a dumb question. Most of us have had that proved wrong. If you are a careful person, you may have allowed that proof to quell your natural curiously. Although, I guess with the Internet a person can have any question answered with only your search history as witness. Maybe it’s because I am from the middle place of encyclopedias and the Internet that I sometimes forget this fact. Or maybe it’s because if you want an answer it’s best to get it straight from the horses mouth.
Either way, this happened:
A regular customer came to the stand at market. He had a prosthetic arm. The kind with the chopstick-like hook. I’ve seen shows where they fit people with limbs and they learn how to use them. This was the first time I was face to face with one.
Me: “So if I gave you your change, could you get it in that “hand”?
Mr hook: (I have no evidence that he was in the military so he i didn’t want to assume him a captain. I’m guessing he isn’t a doctor….unless maybe a psychologist. So mr hook seemed like a fair assessment.)”Yeah, sure.”
I put one quarter at a time between the “tines” of his hook.
Me: ” man that is awesome. You have really mastered that.”
Mr hook: ” I could have taken both quarters at the same time.
If, for even a moment, you are thinking that I was making fun of him, I assure you I was not. I was truly intrigued. The human brain is a glorious thing. One brain invented a way to “regenerate” a lost limb. Another learned how to use it. I’m pretty sure my child-like fascination was palpable and that he didn’t think I was ribbing him. Gosh, I hope not anyway.
If this story made you want to turn your back to show how you disapprove as I’ve asked you to do in a previous post, don’t worry, I get it. My curiosity can be embarrassing. But you can’t look that stuff up in an encyclopedia. While there may be a video on YouTube, I preferred to be educated by a survivor. A master if you will. Mr Hook got it done.
FOOTNOTE: please let the most important lesson of 9/11 be that of tolerance and understanding. Fear drives hatred and judgement. Silence in the face of injustice makes our hands just as dirty as those with hatred for our way of life. Never forget isn’t enough. We must strive to make our world a better place for ALL people.