Even with the noise and the packed tables and the preponderance of Joe's we were having a nice time, as was everyone else. I soon noticed another wheelchair user come in, she made her way through to order and then found a table by herself. She, like me, is noticeable for reasons other than her chair. She had a facial difference and she was a large woman. I was impressed that she made barely a ripple of impact when she entered the restaurant. Most people seemed to be in party mood, most people seemed to be focused on their dinners, their friends and the night ahead.
Two tables away from us and two further tables away from the other wheelchair users there was a table with a young girl, maybe 10, here older sister 16 and their father. I saw it exactly the same time as the young girl did. The older teen snapped a photo of the woman with the multiple differences who was sitting quietly reading a book she had brought with her. The little girl was immediately angry.
The older teen wasn't listening, she was rapidly doing something on her phone while laughing. Dad wasn't paying attention much to anything but his burger. Finally, the young kid got frustrated and enlisted her Dad's assistance.
"Dad, she's going to take that picture and put it on the Internet. She's going to make fun of that woman. That's mean. It's cruel. You have to stop her."
I didn't hear what the father said, but the little girls face was full of frustration and disappointment.
"Stop trying to be our friend, our buddy, you're our DAD. Be a DAD. She's going to hurt someone. It's mean. People do this and people die, they kill themselves. IT's MEAN."
Dad, turned to her and told her to settle down. He then reached over and took the older daughters phone and deleted the picture. He apologized to his older daughter saying, after he looked at the picture and deleted it, "It was a really funny picture."
The little girl, looked at her dad like she was really seeing him, pushed her supper away and started to softly cry.