Speech : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge
Photo Courtesy of Caveman Chuck Coker
The irony could not be greater. In my speech group, our mentor had a physical disability. When I first met her, I was amused at the idea that she would be able to instruct us. After all, how could someone who was not perfect herself help us? Still, at the time, I didn’t think much of it and let it go. I finally decided to approach her after an hour. It was only then that I realized that although it was obvious that she was communicating with me, she was unable to look in my general direction. In the back of my mind, I figured that she was talking to someone else behind me, but when I turned my head, no one was there. I saw this pattern repeat and become consistent all across the room. Later, when we all went out to eat, she gave her disability card to another club members for our parking space. That’s when I took a hard look at her and thought to myself, “Wow, she’s a little bit different from the rest of us.” She was unable to straighten her back, make use of her left hand, or gain proper function her eyes.
For a while, I began to pity her situation. Our first rehearsal for our presentation commenced, and she was to speak as the adult member. As soon as the first words came out of her mouth, her voice resonated throughout the room and silenced everyone. Despite her slouching position and lack of eye contact, she undoubtedly had the most compelling speech in our entire group. I never would have guessed this when I formed my first impression of her. I guess it it true what they say, one should judge a book by its cover. After all, a book’s true value can only be determined by the author’s writing style and the message that its content conveys. I was fortunate to find out that the author, God in this case, had a slightly unorthodox style, but touched my heart with His story.