Everyone was swarming towards them and hugged the young boys and Tobey couldn’t stop cheering for what his brother had done for him.
[dropcap background=”” color=”” circle=”0″ size=”1″]T[/dropcap]obey and Mike are playing in the children’s area in the paediatrician’s office. Their parents are seated in front of the doctor.
“I’m sorry Mr Mitchell but your son will not be able to walk unassisted as of now. His condition is affecting him below the waist. There may be further diagnostic advancements in the future which may help him but for now, he will need to wear crutches and use a specially designed wheelchair.”
Mrs Mitchell clenched the handkerchief in her hands and a tear rolled down her cheeks. Mr Mitchell asked the doctor “What about the rest of his development?”.
“All other signs of learning and cognition are normal.”
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Thanking the doctor they walked to their kids. Mike jumped and ran towards their parents and was happy to go home, Tobey, on the other hand, kept playing with blocks. Mr Mitchell picked up his son and took him to the next room where he was given crutches. It was a quite drive back home and Mike kept playing around in the back seat when they came by a stop sign. In front, the city marathon was taking place. Tobey eagerly lifted himself from the seat with his hands and watched the runners with great elation.
Mike came to his side and quipped “You can’t use your legs, Tobey!” Tobey looked very disheartened.
“Mike, don’t talk to your brother like that” Mrs Mitchell said with a stern voice.
Tobey kept watching the runners pass by one by one, they looked so lively and the crowd was cheering them all the way. How it would be, to be cheered like that and win the race, Tobey thought to himself.
A few years had passed and every spring Tobey used to ask his parents to take him to the city marathon event. One spring it was announced that a smaller event will be organised for kids and there will be a free trip to the amusement park to the winner and their family. Tobey’s parents knew how much Tobey longed to run like everyone else but they tried to make him happy by other things. Mike at the same time was growing up like a normal child running and jumping was his main activity. Sometimes he would play with Tobey but because of Tobey’s disability, he could hardly move. Mike would also pick on him after awhile because of his disability and Tobey would cry. Time and again Mike would get scolded by his parents.
One day Mike was playing with the neighbourhood kids and Tobey was seated nearby under the tree. Mike hit the ball and it landed near Tobey, a young boy came running towards Tobey and asked him to throw the ball. Tobey started to lean on his crutches and reach out for the ball but just then the kid quickly snatched the ball and said “Too slow stick legs” and laughed. Tobey began to cry and Mike came up to him to ask what happened, Tobey told him what the boy said. Mike went and fought with the boy and told him to apologise, he got some bruises because of the fight. Back home they were both apprehended for picking up a fight. Tobey would cry and feel depressed because of his condition and all his family could do was watch.
The day of the yearly city marathon arrived and Tobey went to see the event with his mother. The marathon race began and Tobey eagerly watched the whole event, then the kids little marathon event was about to begin which would involve running, cycling and swimming. Tobey’s mother asked him whether he would like to leave as he may not like to watch it, but Tobey said that he will like to stay. Tobey sat there and watched all the kids go down to the track with their parents and prepare for the start. He felt sad and wondered if there will ever be a day when he could run or walk on his own.
“Tobey, Tobey!!” Mike was shouting from the back and their father came running beside him.
“Mum , Dad and I got Tobey this special wheelchair, I can run and I can pull him with me, I practised at home, look !!” Mike showed how he could attach the cord of the wheelchair to his waist and run, cycle and swim.
“Dear, I spoke with the organising committee if both of them could participate together, they were happy to let us.” Mr Mitchell said to his wife and she gave him a tight hug with tears in her eyes.
The whole family rushed to the track and set the boys up for the race. Tobey could not believe what was happening. He was seated in a specially designed carriage and Mike was wearing a cord and at the start line.
“You ready Tobey ?” Mike asked.
“Yes, Mike I am!!” Tobey feeling very excited.
“Then let’s do it!!” The starting clap was struck and the race started. Mike was a really fast runner and a strong boy. He was actually in the first three positions for the starting section and Tobey kept cheering “Yes, Mike! Yes, we can do it”. Then came the cycling round, Mike took a little time to hook Tobey’s carriage to his cycle but then it was a breeze to him even though they dropped a few places they were still coming in fifth. Next quickly on to the swim, Mike jumped into the water with Tobey behind him. The whole crowd was cheering for Mike and Tobey. Mike gave it everything he got and more and reached the finish line in third place!! It was the most amazing feeling everyone had tears in their eyes. The parents hugged their children and kissed them together. Everyone was swarming towards them and hugged the young boys and Tobey couldn’t stop cheering for what his brother had done for him. On the podium, they were given their awards and everyone picked up Tobey for three cheers.
Throughout his life that one day, when he and his brother ran together, gave him inspiration that any problem can be overcome. Even though things were difficult at times Tobey persevered and studied all the way to becoming a Doctor and specialised in treating cases similar to him. Mike joined the Army and they were always attached to each other throughout their lives.