[The Story] Couples Holding Hands

Couples holding hands is one of the cutest things I’ll see walking around the city. (Along with babies and puppies.) The public intimacy. The mutual expression of a common goal. All of which should be freely available to all. Bystanders in “The Story,” similar to our reality, will be …mostly tolerant toward people that stray outside the ‘norm.’ John [left] and Trishna [right] may stand out. How well will they learn to adapt and overcome?

Spoilers?: Minor (arguments for autonomy)

In the Imaginarium, they’re always victorious.

No matter the conflict – maybe someone will be judgmental because Trishna is an ambulatory wheelchair user, so she can briefly walk with assistance, or John, whose right hand is mangled with missing fingers (and who will possibly get “ouch!” tattooed on his hand just for fun) will be more than ostracized – I think they can handle it. They have a mutual sense of respect in each other, so of course, they will defend each other.

This part of the thought process is where an image popped in:

John is walking on the left and Trishna is wheeling along on the right. She might have had a power-assist wheelchair or she might be going along at the same pace between her occasionally pushing of her wheels and being pulled by her grip on John’s pinky. They were holding pinkies. Now, I could have described that simpler with fewer, more bombastic words. However, that build-up was for this purpose:

We’ve seen and done it a thousand times before.

That’s probably the primary intent of “The Story.” I’d like to describe and normalize the events in our lives that may seem extraordinary to some. Before I started writing about John and Trishna, I hadn’t really thought about media representation of people with physical impairments. It’s just that you see the same characters in the same plots with the same types of movie posters. It’s boring! Let’s have more characters representing the totality of humanity.

Now it’s wrong if it’s just for visual flair.

Since September 2016, I’ve thought deeply about how these characters – their impairments revealed to me during deep brainstorming sessions, not just for token characteristics – would live their lives. It’s helped me build empathy toward everyone. I had a customer sometime in August 2017 that was using a wheelchair, and through the troubleshooting chat, started putting herself down for what her family thought of her situation. I’ve seen repeated instances like that physical stigma in fiction and online.

I can empathize with that.

Because though I don’t have physical impairments like John or Trishna, I, too was picked on for looking different growing up. I think we all have; or, at least, the ones that might most easily resonate with “The Story.” In an ideal world, they should, like any of us, be able to hold hands and go down the street without any sense of animosity or disrespect, other than something like jaywalking or being rude pedestrians.

As far as how they’d handle situations: “f- off!”

Endtable:
Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: Explained in-line. The focus here was on couples that hold hands, but there are other situations where people hold hands. Let’s not think in absolutes here.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Photos: First, close to the shot I had in mind, although the angle was above rather than below, along with the creation of the shot with an outro alternate focus shot because Pollyanna is quite silly.
Written On: August 15th [1 hour]
Last Edited: September 10th [15 minutes]

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