“Does he need a menu?”

It seems like an honest question, posed by a waitress when we were somewhere in the Southern U.S. about 10 years ago. We walked into the restaurant and waited to be seated. The waitress came over, greeted Joy (she was standing in front of me) and then asked: “Does HE need a menu?” Apparently, I’m HE…!?!? I’m sure the young…

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Where are people with disabilities hiding?

From the time I was born until the time I turned 18 or 19 years old, I was involved with 2 organizations that helped me and my parents deal with the issues that having Spina Bifida brings. The first was the Thames Valley Children’s Centre in London, Ontario and the other was the Rotary Children’s Place in Sarnia – which…

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Cats, Cars, Coffee & Cruises – Part 3: Coffee

I first started to drink coffee when I was young, taking a few sips from my Mom or Dad’s coffee. Maybe that’s why I’m so short? They always said it would stunt my growth. Shoot. When I was in my early 20’s and working in the grocery business, I developed an affinity for the hot beverage, mostly because it was…

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The Road Not Taken

Think back to your elementary school days, kindergarten to grade 6 or 8, depending on where you went to school. There might be that one teacher who made a lasting impact on your life, or perhaps one subject that you grasped onto and learned all you could. Today, 20, 30 or 40 years later, you still remember. For me, that…

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Are you Jonny?

This post is connected in some ways to the post that I wrote about meeting and falling in love with my wife, Joy. If you have not read it yet – check it out first here. Now, on to a funny story. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Southern Gospel music. As a teenager, I often watched Gaither…

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Cats, Cars, Coffee & Cruises – Part 1: Cats

Hobbies and interests; We all have them and for me, it just happens that mine all start with a “C.” Which reminds me of my sister’s old answering machine message. “You have reached Chris, Carla, Cameron and Carter…” Anyway…I digress. If you want to strike up an interesting conversation with me, my interests can be summed up in the 4…

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So…What do you have?

Sometimes having a disability is like the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it’s there, but no one wants to say anything. It’s just awkward. Here’s a scenario that happens to everyone. You meet someone via email or telephone and you develop a mental picture of what that person looks like, or, if you’re like me – a bit nosey,…

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Jonathon Hyjek & Joy Hyjek

And then came Joy!

I get asked this question fairly often: “How did you meet your wife?” Sometimes it’s out of interest from a friend or colleague, and other times I think it’s out of sheer surprise when people find out that I’m married to a “normal” girl. Even though society has been on this integration/inclusive kick for quite some time, it still seems…

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