Adaptation

D. H. Melhem

His name is John E. Allen. He is an actor, endowed with
charm and intelligence and attraction, and one of the
realities of his existence is being a dwarf. I met him
at a neighborhood bar; we were seated together on stools
He told me about his life in England, where he was born.
He told me of his normal-sized family, and what it was like
to grow up different. The indifference of girls was hard.
He felt sorry for himself until he was taught to swim by
a man with no arms or legs. He sews his own clothes. He
is writing the biography of a late actor, also a dwarf,
so that people might understand such lives. I said the
story would be universal; not all handicaps could be seen
He told me he got stuck writing sometimes, and I offered
to help. He took my card. Before tucking it into his
shirt pocket, he folded it in half.

 

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