August 12, 2005 - "The Kangaroo Kid" by Maxine Wolcott Klan
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I'm sending you off for the weekend with a short but very sweet story about an animal angel! Have a safe and blessed weekend!
"The Kangaroo Kid"
by Maxine Wolcott Klan
Spina bifida didn't usually stop my five-year-old grandson, Jayden, from keeping up with his brothers and sisters. But after surgery to loosen the muscles in his knees and ankles, both his legs were in casts. He had to ride in a wheelchair during our trip to the zoo.
I wheeled Jayden down a woodchip path. A low rope ran along its edge, dividing us from the kangaroos lying on either side. "Can I pet them?" Jayden asked one of the zoo attendants.
She kneeled down next to a lounging kangaroo. "As long as you stay on the path," she said. Jayden reached toward the kangaroo, but couldn't get near it. Lord, must everything be out of reach for Jayden? I thought.
The kangaroo rolled over and stood on its hind legs. It hopped once, twice, three times. Right over the rope boundary. It lay down in front of Jayden!
I whisked him out of his chair and sat him on the ground. He gently petted the kangaroo between the ears. The other children ran over to meet the accommodating kangaroo. The one God sent for Jayden.
Maxine Wolcott Klan
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