Robert Hass is an American poet who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-1997. In his short parable, "A Story about the Body," a young composer falls in love with an older painter and later discovers that she's had a double mastectomy and lost both of her breasts. Hass' story elicits questions about compassion, disability, care and how we respond to the challenges and needs of others.
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Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
What assumptions do we make about people who are disabled or able-bodied?What does empathy look like?What prevents us from being compassionate?How do we know what someone needs?How do we recognize need?