Kevin’s Different World”
Kelly Adkins, (Kevin’s sister)
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Copyright © Kelly Pinson Adkins
I envy Kevin. He is my older brother, and he thinks that God lives under his bed. At least that’s
what I heard him say one night. He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to
listen, “Are you there, God?” he said. “Where are you? Oh, I see. You’re under the bed . . .” I
chuckled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source
of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6’ 2”), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 5–year-old, and he always
will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?