A boy once went to a pet shop looking for a dog. He chose a lame one from a litter of five pups.
'You don't want to buy that little dog,' said the pet shop owner. 'He's never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies. If you really want him, I'll just give him to you.'
The little boy looked at the pet shop owner and said: 'I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay the full price.'
Then, the boy reached down and rolled up his trousers to reveal a badly crippled right leg supported by a big metal brace.
'I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands,' the boy said.
I think, like the lame puppy in the story, everybody deserves to be respected and loved.
Kammy Kwok Wing-lam, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
From the Editor
Thanks for your lovely letter, Kammy. It is certainly a lesson for us all. You're quite right when you say everyone deserves an equal amount of respect. Every person has their own value and should never be judged by their outward appearance. As we discover time and again, people with disabilities can achieve wonderful things and become an inspiration to us all.
A South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, was born without the fibula in both legs. When he was just 11 months old both his legs were amputated. Today Pistorius is a famous sprinter. He uses artificial legs and does so well that people thought he might even qualify for the Olympics.
It just goes to show, one should never judge a book by its cover.