The Comic Disabled Kid

The Comic Disabled Kid

Tiago Monteiro

There was a boy, like any boy of his age, called Steve Parker, who liked to do sports and was popular at school, like a movie star but at school.

One day, everything changed. Steve and his parents had a car accident, the parents died and he survived, but he would never be the same. Though he survived, Steve was unable to use the legs and feet, except to wear trousers and, thinking better, he would need anyway a place to put the shoes on. Once unable to use the legs to move around, he had to use a wheelchair and went to a physiotherapy centre.

In that centre, even all covered with plaster, Steve discovered his new passion: comedy. There he learnt that laughing is the best medicine and that we should never give up when there’s an obstacle and we should always have confidence in ourselves. Being so, he never gave up and, every day, the nurses and doctor would bring him some comedy films and books. He was getting better and, after a while, he left the physiotherapy centre and went to live with his uncles, ‘The Little Smileys’, the nickname he gave them because they never smiled.

When he went back to school, nobody paid him attention, they all thought of him as the disabled kid. Steve stopped being super popular to be ‘no one’. The only person who cared about him was Gilda, a blond girl that used to wear a baseball hat and turned out to be his best friend.

Once he couldn’t dedicate himself to sports anymore, Steve decided to follow his new passion: comedy. And started at his uncle Frankie’s restaurant, he would write down the clients’ orders behind the restaurant’s counter and, at the same time, he would cheer up the clients by telling some jokes. Later, he took part in a contest called ‘The funniest kid in the universe’. He wasn’t very confident to reach the final but even so he didn’t give up and ended up getting there.

When his colleagues got to know that he was selected for the final competition, that the prize was a hundred thousand euros and that the contest was going to be broadcast on TV, they all got interested and close to him and, once again, he became a popular kid at school. Steve practised hard, even not being confident in winning. Less than a day before the contest, it was cancelled and all those who pretended to be his friends started again to treat him as the disabled kid. But that didn’t discourage him, he knew that Gilda would always support him. After all, the contest wasn’t cancelled, they were just negotiating the TV channel where it was going to be broadcast, whose prize would be a million euros and the right to his own TV series in that channel.

As expected, after that announcement, all the school kids were again interested in him and again he stopped being the disabled kid. Steve restarted practising and, a week later, there he was in the contest. He kept thinking he had no chance, everybody was thinking the same, except his relatives and close friends.

When it was his turn to perform, suddenly he changed everything he was going to say and told just the story of his life but with some jokes. And even thinking he wasn’t funny at all, the majority of the audience voted for him for being funny and not for being the disabled kid.

Steve won and, for the first time, he saw ‘The Little Smileys’ smiling for real and not only to give him confidence. After the party, uncle Frankie was going to take him home but he didn’t want it, he didn’t want to become obsessed with fame. He asked his uncle to take him to the physiotherapy centre because, after all, the nurses and doctors had not only helped him a lot to recover but also to find out his gift, comedy. He got there and handed the prize to the centre staff saying that they were the ones who deserved it and not him. Resisting to fame vanity, he also donated five hundred thousand euros to his uncles. Uncle Frankie renovated the restaurant and ‘The Little Smileys’ bought a new house.

When he returned to school, everybody had already forgotten him, he was again invisible but he didn’t care. He had ‘The Little Smileys’, uncle Frankie and Gilda by his side. Those wouldn’t let him on his own and knew how to love a person by who he was and by his personality. They wouldn’t stop loving him just because he was in a wheelchair. From that moment on, Steve’s slogan was: ‘Never give up of yourself, of your dreams or those who love you, don’t be influenced by those who think you’re invisible because of your imperfections, laugh at your imperfections and be who you are, don’t stop laughing because of others, because laughing is the best medicine’. All he had in his life was important enough to make him feel happy.

As promised, Steve had the right to his own TV series, but he didn’t go for exclusive comic show, as everyone was expecting. Instead, he decided to do a simple program to talk about his life, his dreams, to motivate people who might have gone through the same and, obviously, a bit of comedy. Thanks to the fact that he never gave up, his program, which was initially broadcasted only in Europe, started to be transmitted worldwide.

Steve grew up and, although he had been a boy with many social problems, turned out a happy man, doing comedy, very successful with his TV series and his personal life. As it wasn’t enough, there was one more dream to fulfil: not only the TV series and the comedy but also to write a book, so his advice and jokes could be spread all over the world more easily.

This dream came true, once again due to the fact he had never given up. In that book, he talked about his life, his problems, his sadness, happiness and obstacles. It was a special book, it contained Steve’s life story, comedy and pieces of advice to youngsters, adults and elders to overcome problems, to be happy with their imperfections and never give up of dreams. The book had also a special message: his slogan written in several ways emphasizing that people have to work hard and never, never give up of dreams. So later in life, they will be happy and, who knows, inspire other people with their life stories or just with other stories.